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good morning. destruction and despair. a 7.0-magnitude earthquake leads to devastation in haiti. thousands feared dead, tens of thousands feared homeless as the full extent of the catastrophe isust starting to come to light today, wednesday, january 13th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer.
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>> and in for meredith, i'm ann curry. good morning, everybody. this is a major humanitarian disaer. overnight, the red cross estimated that some 3 million people have been affected by the strongest earthquake to hit haiti in more than 200 years. the imagines coming out of there just show just how devastating the situation is there, matt. >> the epicenter of the earthquake only about ten miles from the haitian capital of port-au-prince, where this morning the injured are being treated right in the streets, surrounded by debris from collapsed buildings, including a hospital and the national palace. in a moment, we'll talk to an american who is in haiti. his wife was inside a mission when that building collapsed. she was, luckily, pulled to safety overnight. we also expect to hear from president obama a little later this morning, but let's begin with nbc's michelle kosinski. she's in the little haiti section of miami with the latest. michelle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this powerful earthquake struck just before dark just outside haiti's capital city and was said to have lasted roughly a minute. but here you have a place so
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vulnerable, still suffering in so many ways from disasters of the past, but the scope of this catastrophe is really only beginning to be realized this morning. the first pictures coming out of port-au-prince are of the grimly expected devastation and the instantly evident damage is both structural and human. victims lie in the streets with the rubble. some are attended to. for others, it was too late. buildings are down in the capital and beyond. there are fires. this was the presidential palace, heavily damaged now, though the president and his wife are reportedly fine. elsewhere, the loss of life is unknown and thought to be severe. in this video posted on the internet a terrified, young woman looks down from her hillside home at rising clouds of dust. she is okay. >> the world is coming to an end! >> reporter: the epicenter was
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about ten miles west of port-au-prince, a city of around 2 million people. and then there were the aftershocks, more than a dozen, some stronger than magnitude 5. new york-based nurse marie carmel michelle in haiti attending a funeral, spoke to nbc news by phone. >> this is a town house and it shook like a leaf. there is no other way of describing it. i heard people screaming. there's bodies all over the place. >> reporter: there have been reports of a hospital collapse with people trapped. the u.n. headquarters heavily damaged, hillside towns fallen. among those caught in buildings, two americans, onef them jillian thorpe, a missionary who called her family to say she was trapped, her legs ushe around the capitol, rescuers pulled survivors to safety and citizens cried and prayed on the still trembling streets. >> when the earthquake happened not long ago, we definitely heard the uproar in the community. the home where we were at was
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shaking, the trees outside were just going crazy. >> reporter: one of the last flights out of haiti last night, just after the quake struck, landed in miami with passengers describing the helplessness, seeing and feeling their airport cracking around them. >> i thought it was the plane hitting the building, you know, because it was such a big impact that we really didn't know what was going on. >> i fall on the ground. about 15 people fell on top of me, you know. my passport went missing, my gray card nt missing, my shoes, one of them were missing. people were crying, people were yelling, the kids were missing. so, that was a mess. >> reporter: and it was the worst quake here in 200 years. >> we expect to see a lot of damage. we expect there to be a lot of casualties. the quality of the buildings are going to be a big part of that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian
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assistance, and our prayers are with the people that have suffered, their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: we just got word overnight that the woman we mentioned, jillian thorpe, an american who works with off fans and was trapped in the rubble of a building has been rescued. know there will be more survivor stories over the next few days, and possibly even weeks, but we also know this disaster may not be over. there's still many fears of continued aftershocks that could go on into weeks or months, landslides and more building collapses in a city where it's been estimated that some 60% of the buildings may be poorly built, matt. >> as you heard michelle kosinski tell us, american missionary jillian thorpe was pulled safely from the rubble of a collapsed building in port-au-prince. her husband, frank thorpe jr., who happened to be an intern with us here on "today," helped with that rescue and also is with us by phone. frank, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> just talk to me about this. i know you were several hours
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away from port-au-prince when the quake struck. you knew that jillian was in the capital city, perhaps in difficulty. describe your trip into the city and what you saw along the way. >> well, you know, we were walking around about 100 miles north of port-au-prince, and we felt the earthquake, but it was just a smaller quake up there. we actually thought it was funny, but the fact was that we had no cell phone reception there, so we had no idea what was going on. but we heard a rumor that it had hit port-au-prince really hard, so we came here as soon as we could. and we got here and jillian was -- my wife and also one other person were trapped. >> was it chaos in the streets in port-au-prince surrounding that building? >> absolutely. it's worse than a war zone. just thousands and thousands of haitians on the streets because their buildings and their houses have collapsed and they can't live in them.
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we have been woken up throughout the night by women who are screaming because they found their husbands in the rubble. there are -- every other building has collapsed. it's just a horrible scene, matt. >> so, frank, when you got to the building where jillian was, this building you described as having collapsed, can you tell me how you got to her, how you found her? >> well, we were really lucky because there's a staff that always works here, a haitian staff, and they had already started to -- they dug a hole through the concrete ceiling of this house where they were caught, and we went in, and i pulled her out, and it took us -- it took them hours and hours. she was in there for ten hours, and it took them hours to get heout, and it was just, it was such a relief to get her out. it was an extremely emotional time. >> talk to me about her condition. what are her injuries and what about other people living in that area, what kind of injuries have they sustained?
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>> well, jillian is doing okay. she has some major bruises and she's having a hard time walking. there was another person trapped with her who we think broke his leg, and there was another staff member here who we think actually -- she actually lost both of her legs. but, i mean, there are dead people, there are people dying on the streets, there are injured on the streets. there are so many people here that need help, and it's absolutely horrible. >> well, frank, again, we're happy that jillian is all right, but your description of the scene there in port-au-prince is chilling, and i know that a lot of people in this country will be eager to find some way to help. we thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you so much, matt. >> all right, frank thorp jr. the earthquake reached far into the mountns outside of port-au-prince where an american woman runs an orphanage called god's littlest angels.
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dixie felt the quake and aftershocks. she joins us now by phone. dixie, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. how are you? >> i'm all right. tell me how you are and what it was like to live through this. >> well, we're better this morning. last night was awful. it was nothing i had ever experienced before, and the whole orphanage swad back and forth for about 40 seconds, or it seemed like an hour, but it was not that long, they tell me. lots of things broken and knocked off shelves inside, children knocked down, nannies, ev even, down. they couldn't stand up. everybody was shaken up. luckily, nobody was hurt, but everybody was shaken up. >> i mean, obviously, your first concern when you're in a situation like this -- i understand you have 90 children
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at one location for the orphanage and 70 in another -- is to get those children out of a building that could collapse. how hard was that? and then, where did everybody sleep last night? >> it's impossible to get them out very quickly. they're on the second floor of the orphanage, and some of them were on the third floor. so, for secds that everything was shaking, nobody got out of the building. immediately afterwards, we got as many kids out as we could quickly. and last night, about 10:00 i had them bring the children back in to the orphanage, but then we had aftershocks that were every ten minutes, until almost 2:00 in the morning. >> you also have a 14-year-old son who was in school in port-au-prince, had a hard time getting home to you. when he did get home, did he describe the scene in the capital city? >> he did.
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mark goes to an american school down in port-au-prince, and they did not get home until after 10:00 last night. they said as they came up delma, which is one of the major roads in port-au-prince, that there was lots of buildings down completely. they were just flat. there were walls knocked down and there were people laying underneath the walls that they were sure were dead, and there was even children laying on the sidewalk that had died and somebody just left them there. and it was very -- lots of people in the streets, people afra to go back into their homes. >> right. >> and they saw one of the major food markets here that was just -- had collapsed. and at 5:00 is the busiest time of the day here. people are getting off work and
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stopping at places. so, i'm sure there's going to be lots of injuries. >> dixie, i mentioned you run an orphanage, and so obviously, from your mindset, when you start to hear the early estimates -- and they're all over the place -- but that there could be thousands of people who died as a result of this earthquake, you have to start to worry about the impact on families and children in haiti. >> oh, definitely there's going to be more orphans than there already is and there's a lot of orphans here. there's going to be parents of the children in the orphanage who we're never going to see again and we'll never know for sure whether they died in the earthquake or what happened to them. >> dixie bickel, our thoughts are with youound the people of haiti this morning and i appreciate the time to talk to us. >> you're very welcome. we just hope help arrives to help dig out some of the buildings so that people that are alive can be saved. >> we do, too. dixie, thanks again. >> you're welcome.
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good-bye. >> all right. now here's ann. >> matt, thank you. dr. rajiv shaz with the united states agency for international development. dr. shah, good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> last night, the president said in the white house situation room last night that he wanted usid and other agencies to do an aggressive, coordinated effort by the u.s. government. so, what can you tell us about the first step that the u.s. is taking to do something about this crisis in haiti? >> well, first i'd say that our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of haiti at this critical time. the president is very focused on his top priority, which is saving lives in this critical initial 72-hour period. we're also very focused on protecting american citizens who are in haiti and identifying them and supporting their needs and their families' needs. we have set up a phone number that american citizens and families can call.
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1-888-407-4747. that's been set up at the state department so that people can inquire about the safety and security of their family members. and we're very focused, of course, on supporting that and on protecting and saving lives in this initial period. >> will u.s. personnel be sent in, and if so, how many and how soon? >> yes. well, this happened just before sundown last night. we immediately activated a whole of government response. the president has directed us to be, as you noted, aggressive and coordinated in our efforts. so, we have stood up disastrous assistance response team that will be going in today. we have two standing search-and-rescue teams with specialized technical capabilities and appropriate equipment to begin an aggressive search-and-rescue effort on the ground in port-au-prince. we are, obviously, concerned about and evaluating the ability to get those assets into haiti and do that efficiently, and we're working very closely with u.s. southern command to help
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make sure that we have the logistics support, the transport capacities and the other needed capabilities in order to put really the full force and capacity of the u.s. government to work on behalf of the haitian people and on behalf of our u.s. citizens i haiti right now. >> well, you're indicating the problem is that the roads are out, the communication is out. so, are you saying there will be air support, that there will be possibly ships sent to haiti to do something about this? >> that's correct. we're looking at all our assets and we've already been deploying a number of them to do precisely that. we do -- i did speak this morning with our ambassador, who's spoken with government officials, including the president in haiti, president praval, and they have asked for strong support on search and rescue, especially in this 72-hour window, which is the critical window for that area. >> there's a lot to do. thank you, dr. rajiv shah. thank you. >> thank you. >> for information on how you can help support those in need in haiti, logon to our website
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at once more, here's matt. >> ann, thank you very much. let's get a check of the rest of the morning headlines from natalie, filling in for ann at the news desk. good morning to you. >> good morning, matt and ann, and good morning, everyone. in other news this morning, the heads of big banks bailed out by billions of taxpayer dollars testified today before a special commission seeking answers about the u.s. economic crisis. nbc's kelly o'donnell has the details. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. this is the first very big step to unraveling the financial crisis. who is responsible, how did it happen? and figuring that out is the job of a new expert panel appointed by congress. there are six democrats, four republicans, and today they begin their first public grilling. if you watched your home's value tumble, your job disappear, your credit line dry up, then you know the scope of these hard times. but more than a year into the crisis, do the financial industry's big-shots understand? the white house says no.
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>> there are folks that just continue not to get it. >> reporter: top bank ceos, who were called before congress last february to explain their role in the mess -- >> we are sorry for it. >> reporter: -- are first up today in a new investigation. they run goldman secretaries, morgan stanley, jpmorgan chase and bank of america. the financial crisis inquiry commission will report to the president and congress on what went wrong. last year, taxpayers spent $700 billion to rescue collapsing financial institutions that caused the crisis with high-risk deals. by this year, many of those banks repaid the government and roared back with huge profits, possible because of taxpayers' help. take goldman sachs. analysts estimate a $44 billion profit in 2009 with an expected average bonus of almost $600,000. >> this isn't about fundamentally trying to, you know, slap the banks for paying out these bonuses. the commission's trying to get
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at the root causes. >> reporter: and brand new today, senior administration officials say the president is ready to announce that he wants to charge a fee on these big banks and financial institutions to try to get some of taxpayers' money back to try to settle what that t.a.r.p. fund and all those bailouts have done to taxpayers' coffers. natalie? >> kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. thanks so much, kelly. and today, president obama plans to highlight a new white house estimate that says his stimulus plan has created or saved up to 2 million jobs. yemen says a suspected a qaeda cell leader was killed in a raid by security forces during the night. four other suspected militants were wounded. a former employee is in custody charged with opening fire tuesday at a truck rental business in kennesaw, georgia. two people were killed. three others were wounded. the vatican says pope benedict met today with the woman who knocked him down at the start of christmas eve mass and forgave her. and when an italian tourist left her purse behind in his
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car, a new york city cab driver knew the right thing to do. inside the purse, more than $21,000 in cash and jewelry. the driver, an immigrant from bangladesh, tracked down the woman, her family, and then returned it. he says he's broke but honest. nice to know there's still lots of honest people here in new york city. it's now 7:18 right now. let's turn it back over to matt, ann and al. >> i wish i had left my gloves in his cab last week, because i didn't get those back, unfortunately. >> aww. >> yeah, but they're warm. >> somebody's warm. >> anyway. >> mr. ror, what's going on weatherwise? okay, as we take a look, show you right now, here's the weather down in haiti. today mostly sunny, hot, 89 degrees. it will be clear and mild tonight, 68 for a low. tomorrow more of the same. so, the good news is, they're not going to be looking at rain to hamper those rescue efforts. the bad news is, it's a cold january morning here, we're below freezing, the temperatures now in the mid and
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upper 20s. it's 28 in washington. we do have a few clouds coming through. the first time at 40 or above in 12 days. tomorrow mostly sunny and a bit middler on friday and saturday with temperatus in the 50s on both that your latest weather. ann? >> all right, al, thanks. still ahead on this wednesday morning, we'll have much more on recovery efforts under way in haiti. and then we're going to switch gears and talk about conan o'brien's decision not to accept a move for a new time slot. what all of it means to the future of late night. but first, thi
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just ahead this morning, sarah palin blasts the authors
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of a new book with less-than-flattering things to say about her vice pridential candidacy. hear what she has to say. also ahead, where does conan o'brien go from here? his rejection of theate-night shuffle here on nbc.
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good morning, it is 7:26 on this wednesday january 13, 2010. in the news for today, as many as 3 million people affected in some way by the powerful earthquake in haiti, that's approximately every person in the country's capital. no word on how many people may be dead or injured. it is still too early to tell. meanwhile in fairfax county, emergency workers are planning to fly to haiti, they will be among the first people to help. we're going to take a break now, your weather and traffic up next.
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good morning, partly cloudy and cold with a breeze coming out of the northwest. highs today near 40 and partly cloudy. sunny on friday, and into saturday, both days highs near 50. could get a cold rain sunday. >> well let's start off chopper 4 live over the top of northeast washington where we have rigs road shut down. it's going to affect drivers between north capital and blair road. i wouldn't suggest committing to that general area for the
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foreseeable future at least, russ. ashley, back to you. >> another update in 25 minutes, but now back to the "today" show after this short break.
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7:30 now on a wednesday morning. it's the 13th day of january 2010. you're looking at a chaotic scene. this is port-au-prince, haiti, where some 3 million people have been affected by what is the strongest earthquake to hit that country in se 200 years. 7.0. we're going to get the latest on the situation in just a moment. all kinds of estimates, ann, right now of casualties and fatalities. could be in the thousands, but a little bit early to figure it out. inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, in for meredith. >> that's right, a pretty devastating story this morning. also in the news this morning, today marks the three-year anniversary of the miraculous rescue of shawn
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hornbeck. the missouri born was abducted in 2002 when he was just 11 years old. he was held captive for more than four years. his story captivated the united states. well, this morning, the now 18-year-old is speaking out in an exclusive live interview with us this morning. >> all right, look forward to that. also, on a lighter note, actually, kind of that late-night situation that's percolating here at nbc. now that conan o'brien has rejected a plan that would push "the tonight show" back by half an hour. where does he go from here, and has jay leno's reputation taken a hit? we're going to get into that with a guy who writes about television for "the new york times," bill carter, in just a couple of minutes. >> should be interesting. first, let's begin with the damage from that magnitude 7 quake centered just ten miles from haiti's capital of port-au-prince. luke renner is miles from port-au-prince. he's now joining us by telephone. luke, good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> you're north of port-au-prince, not close to the epicenter, and yet, you say you heard a lot of shaking, you felt a lot of shaking. we talked to each other via
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twitter just moments after it happened. exactly what did you experience? >> well, we were just sitting, my family and i were just sitting here at home enjoying a rather uneventful afternoon, when all of a sudden, the whole world sort of came undone. the house, i described it, felt as if it wer almost sitting on a beach ball, and it just started rotating around. so, we ran to the front door and looked outside. we had these rather large trees outside of our home, and they were just moving around -- they looked like they would fall at any moment. at that same moment we're taking in all of those sensations, we're hearing people on all sides of us in the local communities just screaming. there was just absolute pandemonium. so, during that 20 to 30-second window it was pretty terrifying. you just really don't know what's happening, what's coming in the next couple of seconds. it was unnerving. >> and you tell us that there was a feeling there in cape haitian that people had dodged a bullet, and then the facts started coming in about what had happened in port-au-prince. in fact, you were using social
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media to find out to connect with people in port-au-prince, and now you're talking about gearing up to go down there today? >> yeah. actually, the cell phone system is really the communications backbone of haiti. there are several cell providers. it's a pay-as-you-go. you buy cards with minutes on them. and that entire system is down right now. and this is important to note, because if there are any haitians in the united states or canada or elsewhere who are trying to call in to say a different part of haiti that's not port-au-prince, they may become alarmed because the phone's not working. they may think that their relative is in danger. i would like to stress to those who are listening that that may not be the case. as a matter of fact, this far north, while we did get the earthquake, we've gottenhe aftershocks, there really has been no structural damage, business as usual. and the same would be true in the countryside where homes are
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built very simply, sticks and mud, a corrugated tin roof. people are not in danger in those areas, from what we can tell. it's the city of port-au-prince, which is really a concrete jungle of 2 million people stacked on top of one another. the ceilings, the floors, it's all concrete block. so, when this stuff comes tumbling down, it's a really bad situation. you are correct, we are going to hit the road around 9:00 and head into port-au-prince to see what we can see to help tell the story a little more clearly from the ground. >> and what are you taking with you? what is the help that you're hoping to bring, given that you're hearing, i'm presuming, via social media about all the damage that -- in fact, we just showed some images that are pretty devastating, luke, down there. >> well, ann, it's a mixture of things. we're going with a small group. we're not a large group. but as you know, as americans well understand, anyone who can do something should do something. so, we're taking a small group in. we've got about $20,000 worth of
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relief funding that we're going to avail to the red cross. i am particularly going in to cover the event with video and stills just to document what's going on. it's a difficult thing to do. these are not things you want to see with your own eye, much less put a camera up to, but i believe in addition to communicating to the rest of the world what's really going on down there, it's very important that we document for the sake of learning lessons into the future. as you said, this is the worst catastrophe like this to hit haiti in its history. i'm seeing pictures of the national palace, which would be like us seeing our white house, flattened to the ground. their national cathedral, a gorgeous building, absolutely stunning architecture, it's gone, ann. it's just not there anymore. so, in addition to the physical brutality of the situation, thers been a major moral blow that's been dealt to haiti in the last 24 hours. >> all right. luke renner, good luck in your
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work today and thanks so much for talking to us this morning. >> thanks, ann. thank you. >> and if you want to help, you can go to and we'll have the links there of how you can help the people of haiti. now let's g a check of the morning's top weather from al. >> announcer: "today's weather" is brought to you by "extraordinary measures." don't hope for a miracle, make one. "extraordinary measures" in theaters january 22nd. okay, thanks so much. let's check your weather, see what's happening in the pacific northwest. another big storm from los angeles all the way up to seattle and the inland sections. a lot of rain moving in, and then we've got some mountain snows as well. check out the rainfall amounts. we're talking about anywhere from about an inch to half an inch of rain along the california/oregon border, also some severe, heavy rain into the pacific northwest. we're also looking at mountain snows. eastern two-thirds of the country, not bad. big area of high pressure dominating. cold start down in florida, but temperatures will moderate. clouds up into the northeast in nenew england.
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good morning, the cold wave begins to end today, but it is still below freezing this morning, temperatures are in the mid and upper 20s, 28 in washington under a partly cloudy sky. high today near 40, it will be the first time we have reached 40 in 12 days. then on thursday, we'll have highs reaching the mid 40s, tomorrow afternoon after a cold start. milder weather moving in on friday and saturday with highs in the 50s both >> and that's your latest weather. matt? all right, al, thanks very much. a resounding no. that's what conan o'brien is telling nbc about the plan to move "the tonight show" back to 12:05 to make room for a half hour with jay leno. nbc's lee cowan's in los angeles with the latest on this. lee, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. yeah, it's no secret that late night has always been a battlefield, but it's turning into a civil war here at nbc
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with conan o'brien's very funny but sll firm statement yesterday saying that if, in fact, jay leno gets his old time slot back, conan o'brien will leave "the tonight show" for good. nbc executives may have figured that they had it coming, but conan o'brien was for the most part gentle, pretty classy, in fact. >> hello there. my name is conan o'brien, and i may soon be available for children's parties, so let me know. >> reporter: the world was watching to see just how the comedian would react after issuing a statement saying that he could no longer participate in what he believed was "the tonight show's" destruction. >> for nbc, in the -- >> stop saying nbc! i'm trying to have a pleasant evening. >> reporter: what viewers tuned into last night was more than just an awkward what do we do now show. if nbc can't figur it out, it may well be the beginning of the end of an american tradition.
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>> i've been giving this situation a lot of thought. you know, this is a true story -- when i was a little boy, i remember watching "the tonight show with johnny carson" and thinking some day i'm going to host that show for seven months. >> reporter: "the tonight show" has been america's night light for almost 60 years, a time slot nbc now wants to push back until after midnight. >> welcome to nbc, where our new slogan is "no longer just screwing up prime time," huh? >> reporter: the network is doing it to make room for "the tonight show's" former host, jay leno, whose prime time show the network canceled as of february 12th. >> that is the exact date the mayan calendar predicted we would go off the air. >> really? >> reporter: but in conan's statement, humorously addressed to the people of earth, conan said that, "delaying the tonight show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what i consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. the tonight show a 12:05 simply
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isn't the tonight show." >> nbc has had this problem. they create late-night stars better than anybody, but then when they do, they only have one prime show. >> reporter: critics point out it was similar with david letterman, who right now is tops in the ratings over at cbs and is as giddy as a school boy spoofing his former competitor. >> there are two types of talk show hosts, jay leno and those who have been victimized by jay leno. >> reporter: the network is still in negotiations, it says, both jay leno and conan o'brien but will not comment specifically on conan's threat to leave. now, matt, conan also said that he does not have any other offers in hand, despite those rumors that he had been talking to fox, but he did say he wants to try to get this all over with as quickly as possible so that, in his words, he and his team can get on with doing a show for a company that values its work. matt? >> all right, lee cowan on this story for us. lee, thank you very much. "the new york times" media correspondent bill carter broke the story about conan's
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resignation letter, if you want to call it that. bill, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> so, you've been following this story, i know, very closely. now you read this letter. what jumps out from the letter to you? >> well, it's obviously a very well composed letter by a guy who, you know, is a great writer, but he also is conveying, i think, a lot of the pain and hurt he feels that he didn't get a chance to do something he'd dreamt about, and he clearly wants to do something about it. >> but what also must jump out to you, bill, is the language he's chosen, because behind the words is a legal question, isn't it? i mean, basically -- >> yes. >> there's a contract in place here, and i know a little something about these kinds of contracts, and probably, there's a paragraph that says nbc's guaranteeing to employ conan o'brien as the host of "the tonight show" for a period of time, and now conan is questioning the definition of "the tonight show," isn't he? >> yeah, he is, because this whole matter has now revolved
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around the fact that he was promised that he would host "the tonight show" and they're still going to call it "the tonight show" even though they're moving it to 12:05, and in his contract, he didn't have a time period guarantee, which many of these late-night contracts do. which means that nbc is saying we're not breaching your contract as long as we're saying it's "the tonight show," and of course, conan feels like he's not doing the job he was promised, which would be a job right aft the late, local news. after all, "the tonight show's" been there for 60 years. >> right. and behind that question, of course, bill, is a lot of money. because if, in fact, nbc has or does breach the contract, there's a big cash payout. >> yes. conan would be owed upwards of $40 million if he had to be paid out his entire amount of money. i think he was careful. he didt resign. he didn't resign at all in this. if he resigned, it would be obviously easy for nbc to say, okay, that's it, we don't have to pay you anything. he's saying, whatever you're going to do in this plan, i'm not going to agree to. i think it just sets up a negotiation now. clearly, i thi both sides are
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going to come together and come to a settlement that does pay conan a certain amount of money but gives him an opportunity, which i think is what he really wants, to move on and do something else somewhere else. >> so, look into your crystal ball for me and tell me, on february 15th, what is nbc's late-night leup going to look like? >> "the tonight show" starring jay leno is back again. it's called "the tonight show," jay's back as an hour-long format and jimmy fallon is in late night as he has been, and that's the new nbc lineup, jay leno into jimmy fallon and conan o'brien is off for i think a pretty sustained period of time, because nbc will be able to bench him for a while before he's even able to take another job. >> right. and real, real quickly, the fallout for nbc executives who are finding themselves, i guess, punch lines, if you will? >> well, you know, this has been an ongoing saga. they've tried to solve this problem now for five years, and it's just not a solvable problem. you've got one chair and two guys revolving around it and
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they can't sit in it. now, if someone wants to say, well, you blew it because you couldn't solve the problem, it really goes back five years. they kept it together for five years. now comes the day of reckoning, and it didn't work out as they planned. >> bill carter from "the new york times." bill, thanks for your time this morning. i appreciate it. >> great to be with you, matt. up next, bad news for homeowners. why the white house's plan to help millions of americans afford their mortgages may actually be doing more harm than good.
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back now at 7:46 with the mortgage meltdown. if you thought it was over, consider this. one forecast estimates that more than 2 million more homes may be lost in foreclosure in 2010, and that has some experts wondering if a mortgage dification program put in place last year by the obama administration has actually made things worse. jean chatzky is "today's" financial editor and barbara corcoran is "today's" real estate contributor. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> let's go over the numbers, first unveiled in february by president obama. it's called the home affordable modification program. the goal was to spend $75 billion to help 3 to 4 million distressed homeowners, but here's what happened. take a look at these numbers. so far, 760,000 people have applied and only 31,000 have been granted this permanent mortgage modification. that's just -- that's actually, what, 5% of the goal. so, why is this thing not working, jean? >> not working for two reasons.
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the first is that this program actually focuses on the interest rates. it doesn't focus on the principal, the amount of the loan, and so many homes are under water that you really have to tackle that as well. the other thing is that so many people are unemployed these days or have a reduced income, they couldn't afford their payments anyway. >> so, the first one of the two you just named is the fundamental flaw in the program? >> i think it is. i think you actually have to tackle not only the interest but also the principal to bring down the cost of actually buying these homes that are not worth what they used to be worth. >> barbara, what can you add? >> on top of that, i think the real flaw is the banks don't have to play. this is simply an optional program that if they want to be nice, they can play, but they don't have to. and on top of that, no one writing this legislation got on the other side of the desk and got themselves in the shoes of the buyer. it is so complicated, the process, that it's almost impossible to navigate. so, it's really dysfunctional from start to finish.
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>> and one of the things that many people who apply for this don't realize is that by applying, it could actually affect your credit score. >> that's right. when it's reported to the credit bureaus, it shows up as if you're making a partial payment on your home loan, which takes your cret score down. now, for many people who are in this boat, their credit scores are gone anyway. they've already gone down. so, it may not be as problematic as it seems. >> so, what's the solution for people, because there are a lot of people who need help, so what's the best advice you can offer? >> the best advice is you can't look to the government to solve these kind of free market problems. whenever they put their fingers in, it gets complicated, it's impossible, and it's not the solution. the real solution is to find your own solution and try to refinance it independent of the government and to try to move on with your life as best you can. >> jean? >> and moving on with your life may mean not being in this home. for some people, the right thing to do is going to be to walk away. >> all right, jean chatzky and barbara corcoran. i'm sorry we're out of time, but thank you for your input on this
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very important topic. still ahead this morning, we'll be talking to shawn hornbeck and his four years long kidnapping ordeal. how is he doing now? he'll be joining us live.
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we are back now continuing to cover the devastating earthquake that has hit haiti, and your guest, luke renner, was talking about not only the physical damage there, but the emotional blow that the people of haiti have taken, and i
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wanted to take a look again at the national palace and some before and after pictures. this is the presidential palace. here's what it looked like before. >> and then this was actually a look at, as the white house of haiti. now look at it now. the roof looks like it's come down on it. and the good news is the president and his wife emerged unscathed, but my goodness the devastation. >> and as luke renner so, i think, articulately put it, imagine if our own white house were to have sustained damage like that, the psyche is damaged forever after something like that.
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7:55 is your time now, 28 degrees, a nice look at the potomac river on this very cold morning. but the warmup is coming up and tom will have the latest on your forecast after the news. it is dnesday, january 13, 2010. emergency responders in our area are joining the emergency effort in haiti. a search and rescue team is getting ready to deploy as we speak. they arexpecting to leave dulles airport as soon as they get the green light. gilbert arenas is expected to meet tod with the head of the nba players soeshs. association.
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this comes a week after the league suspended arenas indefinitely. hunter says he wants to make sure that arenas is getting treated fairly.
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good morning, another cold january morning, sub freezing temperatures around the region. prince george's county in the mid and upper 20s, as well as the district of columbia. it's below freezing all around the region today. highs today should reach near 40
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with clouds in and out. friday and saturday in the 40s. for your sunday plans, looks like a wet and cold day, chilly, rains with highs in the low 40s. >> starting off this morning with delays around the region. on the virginia trip up 95 headed northbound, pretty off and on around springfield. the pace does get much better after you pass by seminary road. back to you. >> ashley, thank you. we'll have more news, weather and traffic for you in 25 minutes, for now, back to the "today" show after this short break.
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back now at 8:00 on a wednesday morning. it's the 13th day of january 2010. it says here on the piece of paper a milder and sunnier day here in the northeast. doesn't feel all that milder right now. it's 24 degrees out, although it is going to warm up a little more this afternoon, and just thanks, as always, to these nice people for stopping by and shivering with us here on a wednesday morning. out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer along with ann curry. meredith is taking the day off. and coming up, we're going to talk to a young man who was at the center of a story that really shocked the nation. >> that's right. remember the name shawn hornbeck. he was abducted in 2002, in
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october, and he was just 11 years old then, and he was held captive for four years. miraculously, three years ago, as we reported on this broadcast, shawn and another boy were rescued. well, how is he doing now? we'll be speaking with shawn in a live, exclusive interview. on a lighter note, we have one of the biggest movie stars on the planet in the house today. we're talking about mr. denzel washington. he's going to join us in a couple of minutes, talk about his new movie. it's called "the book of eli." it's a movie with a very strong message. that's gary alderman, who scars opposite of him. we'll talk to denzel and see what's happening in just a couple of minutes. >> very intense actors. >> no question about it. also this morning, talking about fire, we've got sarah palin already making waves on her first night as a news commentator. we're going to tell you what she had to say. >> okay, a lot to get to, but since you're standing here, that means natalie's over at the news desk with a look at the headlines. hi, natalie. good morning, everyone. global aid agencies are
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responding to the earthquake in haiti. michelle kosinski is live in the little haiti section of miami. the devastation in haiti is massive. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. right, one extension of the pain that haiti is only beginning to experience this morning reaches here to the strong haitian community in miami, where people are still unable to reach their lived ones there. and at this point, it really is impossible to assess the scope of this catastrophe, where the death toll is expected to rise possibly into the hundreds, if not thousands. early pictures coming out of the country. we're seeing numerous buildings collapsed in and around the capital city of port-au-prince, which was so close to the epicenter of that 7 magnitude quake that struck just before dark yesterday. people inside the country and outside of the country right now, the priority is to find survivors and get aid to them. then the assessment can begin. people who were able to get a cell phone line out of haiti yesterday were reporting hearing screams of people trapped within the rubble of buildings but also
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the cheers of rescuers who were able to pull some people out alive. natalie? >> michelle kosinski in miami. thank you, michelle. teams from the department of defense, state and homeland security, meanwhile, are coordinating efforts to help the victims, and today, pope benedict pope benedict activated the church's extensive charity network to help victims of the earthquake in haiti. about 80% of haiti's population is roman catholic. police in georgia say they arrested the gunman who shot five people tuesday. at least two fatally, at a kennesaw truck rental business. they identified him as a former employee. overseas markets are mostly lower this morning, and as for wall street, cnbc's melissa francis is at the new york stock exchange watching it for us. melissa, what are you looking at there this morning? >> all eyes are on washington, d.c., this morning as the financial crisis commission gets ready to kick off a two-day hearing. they will be grilling the likes of jamie dimon and lloyd blankfein from goldman sachs, trying to figure out why the financial crisis happened so that it won't happen again, and
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no doubt, the subject of those big bonuses will come up as well. all this as the administration gets ready to perhaps unveil a tax on banks to recoup some of that t.a.r.p. money. we could get more details on that tomorrow. back to you, natalie. >> melissa francis at the new york stock exchange, thank you. well, as you've heard by now, conan o'brien said tuesday he will not go along with nbc universal's plan to air his "tonight show" after midnight to accommodate jay leno's return to the 11:35 p.m. time slot. o'brien said he was enormously disappointed but also absurdly lucky to have been paid for doing what he loves most. 8:04 right now. let's go back outside once again to matt and ann. >> thanks a lot, natalie. we want to say that al is on his way right now to haiti. you're going to join him there and we'll be hopefully seeing reports from you guys tomorrow morning. >> do our best. >> but since al had to go, this is exactly why we keep chris cimino freeze-dried. pour little water on him and he springs to life. look at that. >> shake off some of the rust, but it will work. thanks, matt.
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nice to be aboard this morning. a small but hardy crowd. good thing is you all get face time. good looking crowd at that. some chill in the air throughout all of the northeast, temperatures in the teens and 20s, but out west, a little recovery going on. pocatello, idaho will see rain and snow showers, 37. things are warming up across the front range of the rockies, plain states. above-norm temperatures there today. big story across the pacific northwest, though, is a storm system with rain from the coastal areas of washington, oregon, through northwest sections of california. by tomorrow, that system changes over to snow showers across the north-certh-central rockies, good morning, some warmer weather on the way today, temperatures right now are near 30 degrees and we have some clouds coming through, it's 30 in the district of columbia, and prince george's county. and we'll have it climb to near 40 today. and thin over the weekend, we could get some rain by sunday afternoon and evening. right now around the region with these temperatures in the 20s, we'll stay below freezing for
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the next couple of hours, then near 40 by mid >> let's head back over to the only guy that could wear a hat like that and wear it well. matt? >> chris, thank you very much. when we come back, an amazing survivor story. we'll talk to shawn hornbeck, the missouri boy kidnapped in 2002, held captive for 1,500 days. he'll speak out about how he's doing now on the anniversary of his rescue. our exclusive, live interview coming up. a very strong hold on. i'd drive through a snowstorm to buy a pack of cigarettes. and i have. ♪ the thing that jumped out about chantix for me was i could start to take the pill and i could continue to smoke for up to a week. [ male announcer ] chantix is a non-nicotine pill. in studies, 44% of chantix users were quit during weeks 9 to 12 of treatment, compared to 18% on sugar pill.
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three years ago today, the nation was transfixed by the miraculous rescue of shawn hornbeck. the missouri boy had been kidnapped in 2002 and spent more than fur years suffering unspeakable abuse at the hands of his abductor. today, shawn is a college student working to make sure that other children never go through what he did. we're going to talk to him and his parents exclusively in just a moment, but first, nbc's john
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yang has his story. >> reporter: the public service announcement is powerfully simple. >> if you see something, say something. >> reporter: shawn hornbeck knows what he's talking about. three years ago this week, a stranger saw something andaid something, leading authorities to rescue the teen after 4 1/2 years of abuse at the hands of a kidnapper he later called a monster. the discovery stunned officials. >> we have some good news for you this evening and probably some unbelievable news. >> reporter: and thrilled his parents. >> miracles do happen. good things can happen. they don't always end bad. >> reporter: his ordeal began in october 2002, when shawn, then 11, disappeared while riding his bike. an exhaustive search turned up nothing. >> we just have to keep telling ourselves that he is okay. >> reporter: as the search continued, days turned into weeks into months and into years. the big break came in january 2007 when another young boy in the same area went missing, 13-year-old ben ownby. one of his school mates spoke up
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about something, a white pickup truck he had seen on the rural road where ben was last seen getting off a school bus. that led investigators to an apartment where he found then, and unbelievably, shawn. shawn's parents got the phone call they had been dreaming of for years. >> the next words were "we think we found shawn. we're 95% sure that we found shawn and that he's alive." and those were the sweetest words i've ever heard in my life. >> reporter: the truck's owner, michael devlin, was arrested and later pleaded guilty to dozens of accounts of sexual assault, kidnapping and attempted murder. he's serving multiple life sentences in prison. >> this is -- this guy is evil. this is evil incarnate. you'll never see anybody worse than this. >> reporter: the foundation shawn's parents established to press their search for him now works to find other missing children. >> always know where your child is. >> reporter: and prevent abductions. the legacy of a four-year ordeal and a miraculous rescue.
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for "today," john yang, nbc news. >> shawn hornbeck and his parents, pam and craig akers are now joining us exclusively. good morning to all of you. >> good morning, ann. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> i know, shawn, that you don't really want to talk about what happened during those 4 1/2 years, and frankly, i don't think anybody could blame you, but could you talk little bit about -- because i'm sure it's so hard to just watch that tape we just showed people -- could you talk a little bit about what allowed you to survive? >> well, what really made me hold on strong is knowing that my parents will always look for me, just because i've always just had one of the best connections a kid could have with his parents, you know. because people talk about the great strength that's between a mother and a father and then the kid with that along with it, but with my family, it's just always been family'sumber one, always there for each other. and it's just the strength that i could feel from my family, even though i was so far away. >> we're noticing now you're holding your mother's hand, and
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pam, hearing your son say that right now, hearing him say that all those years of your building that love with him helped sustain him through some of the worst years that anyone can imagine, what does that mean to you as a mother? >> it just makes me so proud and i'm just so glad that he feels that way. we always try to, you know, express how much a family means and a love between a family. and you know, before he was taken, no matter what, everyay when we would leave the house or anybody would leave, the last thing we would say to somebody was "i love you," because for some reason or another, you never know if that's going to be the last time. and i was just so thankful that that was one of the last things that i did say to him before he left and that was one of the first things that i said to him when he came home. >> aww. and craig, you know, in my reading, i was noticing, in fact, that y know, shawn gave
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his mom a kiss and this really was something you guys did all the time, and that's a great lesson, i think, for all of us, but how did you help shawn? because shawn is saying that the two of you helped him come back and to come back to a normal life. what did you do? >> well, we just made sure that we had everything in place that he needed to be able to deal with the situation and coming out of it. you know, what happened to him was extremely traumatic, and it's something that you just can't deal with on your own. we were really fortunate that after a little bit of searching, we found some very good professional help, therapists that were able to connect with shawn and give him ways to work himself through this and put that behind him and make it something that happened to him, not something that determined what shawn was going to be. >> and here's what is really remarkable, that shawn, despite your losing 4 1/2 years of schooling, you actually graduated a semester ahead of
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your high school class and you're now in college and you've made this psa announcement for the foundation that your parents have started to try to help other kids. how is this affecting what you want to do with your life, shawn? >> well, really, when you enjoy doing something, it doesn't really affect you in any way. like, the foundation's aays going to be a part of my life, and wanting to help other missing kids will always be another part of my life. so, really, that psa didn't affect it. it just kind of -- it just made me feel like i'm going another step closer to what i want to do and help with the foundation. >> but then how did you graduate -- and i'm trying to -- i guess what i'm trying to get at is, for you to graduate ahead of your class despite being so far behind, for you to be so driven to do so much, what is it that's churning in you that allows you to focus in this way that's making you so successful?
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>> it's really just the motivation. like, when i was younger, yeah, i used to be a little slower with school. i never really enjoyed goi to it, but you know, that's what most kids do. but i just kind of realized how important schooling is, and i just -- i don't know, it's like i turned on a few more gears and just kind of put it into overdrive and worked a lot that first summer i was home. i worked that whole summer to catch up with my classmates in schooling. and then i went to a school that specializes in kids with learning disabilities and stuff. so, they were able to work with me one on one and get me the rest of the way where i needed, to where i continued my high school with my actual classmates i went to school with when i was 11. and it's just being around them, i guess, i just felt more at ease and normal to where i could relax and just go on with a high school life and just really -- it was really when i got caught up, it was just all easy going
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and natural, but i still worked to get to where i am today. >> well, shawn hornbeck, it's going to be amazing to see what you do next, and thanks so much for talking to us and showings the value of a family's love. and thanks to you, pam and craig akers, for that as well. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> to learn more about the shawn hornbeck foundation, you can head to our website at and coming up next, we're going to catch up with the one and only denzel washington. that's right, ladies, he's here. that's like going from l.a. to the grand canyon. or from aspen to amarillo. you won't get nearly as far in a rav4 or crv. but, you'll still meet a few interesting people along the way. the all-new equinox from chevy. the all-new chevy equinox. compare it to anyone. and may the best car win. a breakthrough gel that traforms
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>> who are you >> we're travelers, that's all. didn't mean any harm. >> no trespassing! didn't you read the sign? >> we're very sorry. i didn't see it. >> what's your business? >> mu -- >> no business. just, we're very sorry, and if you let us, we'll be on our way. >> denzel washington, good morning. >> good morning. >> i want to talk to this in just a second, but the people of nbc have asked me if you'd be interested in hosting a late-night comedy show here on the network? can i just get an answer to that real quickly and then we can move on? >> absolutely. >> yeah, you'll do it? >> there's some slots open, i understand. >> yeah, we have some issues. the story i hear is that your son kind of really loved this script. >> right. >> and said that you should do this. the story i also hear is that your son has a rather mixed track record when it comes to directing you to certain movies. >> right, right. >> so, did you believe him right off the bat or did you fall in
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love with this right off the bat? >> you know, when he was 16, i was really trying to get him to read more, so i gave him two scripts, i think "dragonfly" and "training day." and he's like, you've got to do "training day," it's the movie for you. it's you, nobody's ever seen you like this. he was right. he also talked me into doing -- i was really back and forth about "american gangster." so, again, he was right. and on this one, i really liked the script, he really liked it. and he's really a spiritual kid, and he just stayed on top of it, and he's actually one -- a producer, a co-producer. >> i'm glad you say spiritual kid, because this is a spiritual movie. >> right. >> i've heard people describe it as a christian movie. i've heard others describe it as having a very spiritual message. the end -- the world as we know it has ended, and your character, eli, is going across country to protect what h thinks can save mankind, and it's this book. not just the bible, the last bible. >> mm-hmm. i guess people want to label things a christian movie.
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>> right. >> and i don't know, yeah, i guess, because he has the bible. i mean, if he had the koran, i guess they'd say it was a movie or a torah -- what would you call that, a torah? >> a jewish movie. >> a jewish movie. but i think it's more of a battle of good and evil. carnegie, who's played by -- brilliantly playe by gary oldman, represents he wants the book so bad, he can manipulate the people. he's kind of controlling the population. and it's more good against evil. >> there is some violence in this movie, while your -- >> no, no. >> your character is a spiritual man, but also is a man willing to kill to protect his mission. >> right. >> and in terms of the violence, it's very realistic, and you do a great job in terms of the stunt part of this movie. >> right. >> i understand it was important to you -- they were going to shoot this in silhouette, a lot of this. and you said, no, i want people to know this is me doing this -- >> the one scene is shot in silhouette. >> not all of it, though. >> yeah. i had a chance to work with a
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guy named jeff amada, who is a descend of danny inosanto. he was a master. he and bruce lee were friends and fought together. so i worked with some of the best in the world and did my own stunts, did all my own fights, i'm proud to say. >> but you know what, you've been a pretty physical actor since way back when you started to do some of these movies. >> with the boxing, yeah. >> no question about it. spiritual, let's get back to that a second. you've rea the bible cover to cover a couple of times? >> yeah, well, i'm almost -- finishing my third time now. >> what role does faith play in your life now? >> it's everything. it's everything. i grew up as a preacher's son. my father was a preacher for 50 years. for many years i got away from it. i was like, ah, you know. i checked out some of the eastern philosophies, a little dab of hindu, a little buddha, and i just got back to -- i said, you know, i'm calling myself a god-fearing man, i've got to read this book. so, my pastor said start with
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the new testament. >> right. >> because the old testament, you can get in who begot who begot who. it's kind of confusing. >> right. >> and i just read a chapter every day, and you know, just taken years now. i've worked my way through it and on my way to my third time. >> i was reading that wisdom is something that you seek in life now as opposed to -- >> well. >> that's a nice thing to seek at this stage in our lives. >> you do -- i think you get there eventually. you start figuring out -- you start clearing out the, you know. i was sitting around. i just had a birtay. i won't say how old, but i'm up there. and i looked around, you've got a beautiful home, a beautiful family, enough cars in the garage, what is it you want? what do you want, you know? so, i just said, just wisdom and understanding, peace. >> you seem to haveigured it out. good luck with the movie. >> thank you very much. >> good to see you. >> my pleasure.
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8:26 is our time right now, 28 degrees, it is cold out there. and as you can see, some birds are walking on the ice alongside the potomac river. in the news for today, emergency responders from our area are joining the relief effort to help those devastated by the 7.2 magnitude quake in haiti. members are hoping to leave from dulles airport as soon as they get the green light. and the state department has set up a hot line for americans who need information about family members in haiti. that number is 407-4747.
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it's the dpin beginning of the end of the cold wave, our temperatures right around 20 today, we'll see above freezing day for the first time in 12 days. now a check on the traffic. >> well, we still have some traffic to talk about. out of virginia on 395, this is the 95 corridor, no problems there, but it is going to be slow on 395 out of springfield. and the capital belt way outer
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loop no accidents, but just plain heavy. >> well have more news, weather and traffic headed your way. now we'll go host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: does charlie daniels play a mean fiddle? ♪ fiddle music charlie: vo: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.
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8:30 now on a wednesday morning. it is the 13th day of january 2010. and we've come on outside to say hi to ourriends out here on the plaza once again. you know what, it does feel little warmer, although it's still 24 degrees. i guess the wind has stopped blowing little bit. >> you can always gauge when lenny's got the fur hood on and
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has got it bundled up to here. it's cold. >> it's like he lost all his friends. everybody ran away from lenny. >> where is everybody? >> out on the plaza, matt lauer along with natalie morales, and we should mention that ann and al are making their way down to haiti to cover the devastation in the wake of that earthquake down there. we're going to hear from them tomorrow morning. and coming up in this half hour, we're going to hear from, or actually hear about sarah palin. from alaska's governor to the vice presidential running mate on the republican ticket to fox news contributor or commentator. what did she have to say on her debut last night? we're going to find out. all right, also, now is a good time to start thinking about vacation plans, springtime coming. we can only hope spring is coming. >> i'm always thinking about vacation plans. >> right, right. well, there are good deals to be had on cruise lines. when's the best time to take one? should you use a travel agent or book yourself? still ahead, insider tips for saving money getting the right trip for you. also, we'll introduce you to a couple. they have become dog's best friends with a special camp that caters to the needs of dogs with
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disabilities. as you might expect, that's a story being brought to us by our own jill rappaport. >> such a sweet story. before we go any further, though, let's get a check of the weather. al on his way to haiti, so we've got chris cimino with a check of the forecast. >> good morning once again, guys. you talk about it not feeling as cold, but it looks pretty cold to you. you're all bundled up. what's your name? >> sandy. >> where are you in from, sandy? >> i live here in new york. >> so you're equipped. knowledgeable about the weather. who's in doylestown? >>doylestown, friends and family, their mom and dad. >> mom and dad. >> cold in doylestown, cold throughout the northeast and the eastern half of the nation this morning, but take a look at temperatures. they're slowly recovering. 50s working through the west-central plains, 30s and 40s towards the u.s./canadian border. out west, 60s across oklahoma and texas today. that will be a welcome change. it doesn't work into the eastern seaboard until later in the week. today, flurries in western ntern
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good morning. in d.c., temperatures now in the upper 20s, prince george's county as well, upper 20s, and in montgomery, fairfax and arlington temperatures near 30 degrees. it will be partly cloudy, sunny tomorrow, cold again in the morning but finally the warmup on the way. tomorrow afternoon we should make it into the mid 40s. highs in the >> even flat stanley looks a little chilly this morning. but thanks for bringing him out, though. get him dressed better. all right, let's head south where it's really chilly. chilly willie. let's go down to willard scott in ft. myers. hopefully things will warm up for you over the next couple days. >> hey, man, you come see us. it is beautiful in florida. the only thing sad about it is so much of a loss for the crops. we love our farmers and we love our strawberries. hey, chris, let's go up to
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roker's house in new york. you know, we could ice skate on his pool and he'd never know. happy birthday from smucker's to all of our friends out there in tv land, as lawrence welke used to say. elizabeth kirby price, chadds ford, pennsylvania. andrew watt's town. beautiful. 100 years old. attends church and memorizes songs she can play on the piano. gertrude ericson, makes a heck of a phone. duluth, minnesota, 100 years old. secret to longevity is take life as it comes along. jay leno said that last nigh bill boeger, tequesta, florida, one of our favorite towns, up near jupiter. 100 years old, world war ii vet, retired photographer for the "national geographic" magazine and enjoys a martini with a little twist of orange. how could ydo you like that, fl?
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thank you. rose coyle, north cape may. ♪ on the way to cape may, i fell in love ♪ during world war ii, made bullets for the war. margery lear, omaha, nebraska. she is a retired teacher. margery and her friend's sister were one of the first set of twins born in illinois. and virgil. love that name, virgil. old civil warname. virgil coffman from decatur, illinois, 102. lives independently and is one of the oldest chevy camaro owners in the country. how about that? well, that's it, i think. matt is up in big old new york city looking just as handsome and sexy as ever. >> willard, from you, that's a huge compliment. i appreciate that. now to the first night of sarah palin's new television gig. nbc's andrea mitchell's in washington with the details on that. andrea, good morning to you.
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>> reporter: good morning, matt. sarah palin is launching another career, which could become the launchpad for another national campaign. >> i'm green today, and -- >> reporter: sarah palin making her debut as a commentator for fox news, tuesday night on "the o'reilly factor," immediately jumping into the harry reid controversy. >> a lot of us don't think along those lines that somebody's skin tone would be criteria for a qualification for the presidency. the iditarod is -- >> reporter: she's not only going back to her roots as a sportscaster right out of college, but now everything she says immediately goes global. the former vice presidential nominee has sold more than 2 million books, as 51,000 followers on twitter and 1.8 million friends on facebook. appearing on fox is a surefire way to create even more buzz. for example, her response to the new campaign book "game change." >> i think that these are the
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political establishment reporters who love to gin up controversy and spin up gossip. the rest of america doesn't care about that kind of crap. >> reporter: the book is sharply critical of palin. for instance, the authors write, "her grasp of rudimenta facts and concepts was minimal. palin couldn't explain why north korea and south korea were separate nations." >> that is a lie. >> okay. >> that is a lie. >> reporter: being a commentator now gives her a bigger platform to respond to critics. >> that sarah palin is going to become the equivalent of -- the political oprah. but i think that, ultimately, you know, being on fox gives her political influence, she'll make a lot of money, it's an easy job with very little accountability, and i think at the end of the day, she's going to say, you know what, i prefer that as opposed to being a political candidate. >> reporter: could television lead to another national campaign for palin? >> i think she will do very well at it, but at some point,nd it's not too distant in the future, it does become inconsistent with the hard job of running for president.
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>> reporter: running for president is hard, but for now, sarah palin has what is arguably a much easier job, television pundit. matt? >> all right, andrea, thank you very much. up next, insider tips for getting the best deals on cruises. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ won't you let me take you on a singing cruise ♪ "today's travel" is brought to you by expedia. expedia, where you book better. this morning on "today's travel," cruising 101, everything you need to know to make the most out of a cruise. "travel & leisure" features cruising in its new issue and neilia mu tamd is the editor. you could find good ideas, affordable options for traveling on cruises. >> this is wave season. this is something most people
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don't know about, but if you're an avid cruiser like your parents -- >> the professional cruisers. >> professional cruisers. january through february you can get % off cruising, two-for-one deals, upgrades. this is the time to book a cruise if you're thinking about it. >> are most of them all-inclusive or are there things to be aware of? >> they're mostly all-inclusive. you have to watch if you use the spa on board, if you have fancy drinks, that will add up. buying nice jewelry is not included. >> now, people think of the caribbean cruises. those are the hot places to go, usually, but you say there are hot options in our nation and canada. >> shoulder season is a great value with cruising, and in may, it's a perfect time to get to canada and see the wilderness. holland america has a ten-day cruise where you can go up the seacoast and you stop in nova scot scotia, you stop in these beautiful former trading posts, you get to see wildlife like whales up close and personal. it's a great time to go. >> it's like an alaskan cruise
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without having to go all the way to alaska. >> exactly. >> get some great wildlife there. now you have some insider tips for cruising. you say take advantage of the shoulder season. >> yes. >> any other good travel times to go? obviously, you have to book well ahead to get a good deal, ght? >> well, the main thing to do is to know that shoulder season -- actually, in february, we have a huge guide, but we have a calendar wre you can look at all of the different times to go to different destinations. >> you also recommend using a travel agent. why is that good to do? >> well, with cruising, it is so important to use a travel agent because they have these ongoing relationships with cruise companies and they can get you the best deals, they can get you a room upgrade or recommend different cruises for you, especially to destinations that you wouldn't expect, like for example, a dalmatian coast. if you don't know where the dalmatian coast is, it is basically montenegro and croatia. beautiful, beautiful stretch. and these -- >> so, that's the next riviera. you've read our magazine. >> well, yes, you know, a couple of times. a lot. >> and so -- >> i dream. >> honestly, that's what i do,
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too. so, touk does a trip there, and what's great about their ship, it's only 90 people. so, peopleay it feels like you're on a yacht. >> yeah. >> it's not really like being on a ship. and you can get access to ports you normally wouldn't get access to. >> and some of the cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger and you lose that intimacy. it's nice if you have the option of going smaller. >> exactly. >> okay, you also say that cruise ships, for a lot of them, the airfare is included, but it's a good idea to also price out the airfare separately. why is that? >> well, conventional wisdom has it that you should always book your airfare with the cruise line because they have access to great deals because they book them en masse at the beginning of the season. however, we've seen a lot of volatility with airfare these days. so it's great for going on a big trip, to turkey, per se, to check the airfare. or they might give you free airfare in the right season. a cruise to turkey, which i love, i went last summer, and it's crazy. >> you have the best job. >> i do. i mean, well -- >> we're not going to compete.
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>> well, actually, seaborn has a seven-day aegean cruise and goes through bull durham, santorini, athens. >> other places i'm dreaming to go. you also say book far in advance, as we said. do you really get a substantial savings? and you obviously have to have a lot of flexibility in your schedule, too. >> you do have to plan. for some cruises, especially big cruises, like if you're going to take an 18-day excursion, you definitely have to book in advance and you can get in on the great rates, especially january through march. >> and you say book when a ship is going to be repositioned. what do you mean by that? what exactly is that? >> repositioning cruises are kind of the insider secret. i bet your parents know about it. when the ship is going to move for the season, you get to be on board for much less money. there is a repositioning cruise starting in beijing going all the way to vancouver, so olympics to olympics. >> wow! >> and you can be on there for less than $100 a night. that is on princess cruises. >> and when does that start?
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>> 23 days. so, 23 days on the high seas. you stop in china, you stop in russia, you stop in alaska. >> wow. amazing. >> that's definitely a good one. >> also, you suggest picking your cabin carefully, because that also will affect the price, right? >> and this is also something a travel agent would definitely tell you. on crystal cruises, if you go from deck nine to deck eight, you save $250 per person on that cruise -- >> and it's not changing your view or anything. >> not changeing your view, veranda or enjoyment. you're a smart traveler. >> what about asking for upgrades in cabins, too? is it possible to try to get a little upgrade? >> absolutely. right now they're value-added -- >> they're small, right? >> oh, no. you've never been on a cruise ship, have you? >> never. >>hat's the next thing you have to do. these are amazing, like a luxury bedroom, a bathtub, and verandas, so you can sit outside and enjoy the view as you sail
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along. >> very good. nilou motamed. i know who i'm planning my next vacation with. coming up next, a couple who dedicated their lives to helping man's best friend, brought to you by jill rappaport. we'll meet them.
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this morning on "today's pets," a couple who has devoted their entire lives to taking care of man's best friend. our resident an lover, jill rappaport, has what is really a touching tale, jill. >> unbelievable. talk about hearts of gold, matt. tucked away on a small farm in maryland is a sanctuary truly dedicated to dogs because every animal here is living with a big challenge. >> come on. you play. >> reporter: dogs running and playing might seem like the norm, but for these animals, it's a true miracle. >> good job! >> reporter: harley is blind and
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mattie is in a wheelchair. in fact, all of these animals are pets with disabilities and are part of a non-profit organization started by joyce darryl and her husband, michael dickerson, in maryland. and it all began with a single healthy puppy. >> duke. we got him from a local shelter, and he broke his back puppy playing. >> come on, duke! >> reporter: after this tragic accident, doctors suggested putting duke to sleep. >> we took him into surgery, and the surgeon called us at midnight. the surgeon called us at 2:00. the surgeon calls at 4:00. and we just kept saying, no, do not euthanize him. >> reporter: and because you gave duke life, in return, all of these dogs have life. >> yes. >> reporter: and that number is in the hundreds since they started the rescue mission ten years ago, even creating a campground for disabled dogs equippedith the wheelchairs, ramps and all. >> if you're not disabled, you can't come in. that's the bottom line. >> reporter: that's the prerequisite, right? >> yes. the dogs will accept the other dogs that they know -- i hate to
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say it -- something's physically challenged with them. >> reporter: isn't that something? so, they bond because of their mishap and their misfortune, right? >> they know. >> reporter: and their love knows no international bounds. meet tuzak from russia. he truly is your global symbol of hope. >> yes, he certainly is. there's dogs with disabilities all over the world that need a good home. >> reporter: the people that were trying to get him adopted contacted people from all over the world. >> yes. >> reporter: and you were the only one in the united states who said, yes, we will take tuzak. >> yes. >> reporter: after eight months, tuzak finally arrived in the states with the help of a loving couple who paid for all of his travel expenses. from russia with love. >> from russia with love. >> reporter: aww. >> yeah. >> reporter: all the dogs are fed and cared for by joyce, michael and volunteers. their hope is to find them a loving home, but oftentimes, they stay here permanently. >> here you go. good job.
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when we think that we're at our lowest, look at these guys. how could we not get up and get moving and do for them? >> reporter: what have they taught you, watching them forge forward, no matter what's going on with them physically? >> basically, there's no whining in our household. and if i start whining, i look at these dogs that can't see, i look at these dogs who can't walk, and i'm like, okay, i can see, i can walk. reporter: puts everything into perspective. >> yes, it puts my life into perspective. >> reporter: see, now, she's a beautiful, happy, healthy dog. she just happens to be blind. yes, baby. >> people need to understand that, these dogs with disabilities can provide loyalty and love and compassion, just like an able-bodied dog. >> obviously, this mission of their heart is a costly one and they rely solely on volunteers and donations, but it's unbelievable what they do. >> nice family, it is. thanks for sharing the story with us, jill. apprecia it. it's 51 after the hour. we're back in a moment.
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now to our "countdown to the golden globes." this morning, an unforgettable moment from last year's show. >> while accepting the award for best actor in a motion picture for his comeback role, mickey rourke took some time to thank some very special friends. >> i'd like to thank all my dogs
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the ones that are here, the ones that aren't here anymore, because sometimes when a man's alone, that's all you've got is your dog, and they meant the world to me. >> aww. >> we have to say, sadly, mickey's dog loky passed away about a month after that and he wore a necklace featuring his photo to the oscars. >> i think he later explained that moment, saying that, you know, when he was down on his luck, had nothing else, the dog was always there for him. >> right. >> his dogs were always there by his side, so yeah. >> even if he didn't mention those dogs i love that moment of him winning. >> yeah, it's great. >> his career was coming full cycle after a low point of his life. >> always like a comeback story. >> the golden globes air this sunday live at 8:00 eastern, 7:00 central time right here on nbc. and just ahead, conan o'brien has rejected nbc's effort to move "the tonight show" to a later time slot. so, what happens next? >> how will his decision reshape,perhaps, the late-night landscape?
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8:55 is our time now, 30 degrees on this wednesday, the 13th of january. a congressman from utah says he's introducing a bill that will put gay marriage to a ballot in washington, d.c. the board of elections has thwarted such efforts in the past. but he says that voters would ban the measure if they had the opportunity. unless congress steps in, gay couples could begin getting married in the next few weeks.
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good morning, temperatures approaching the freezing marks and some heat is coming in later on today. right now here in prince geor's county and the terrific of columbia. we'll see a peak near 40 for the first time in nearly two weeks this afternoon, and it will be partly cloudy, sunny and mild into the mid 30s after a cold start and even milder weather moving in for friday and saturday with highs near 50 both of those days. into the weekend, looking chilly with passing showers and highs
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in the low 40s. and as we start off the first part of next week, should have temperatures into the 40s and tuesday into the 40s as well. now the traffic. at mid morning, how is it looking, ashley? >> headed southbound, things are starting to improve. you can see the pace starting to break away. we had earlier some accident activity that was just south of 270. expect a slow commute on 270 south. >> we'll have more news, weather and traffic in 25 minutes. know
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we are back now with more of "today" on wednesday morning. it is january 13th, 2010. massive 7.0 earthquake struck about ten miles from downtown port-au-prince, the capital of that nation. it struck on tuesday afternn. the strongest quake to hit the region in 200 years. reports that thousands of buildings are lying in ruins and putting the national palace, thousands of people trapped under rubble. many are feared dead. we are going to have the very late nest a live report from haiti in just a couple of minutes. inside studio 1-a in new york, i'm matt lauer along with natalie morales.
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ann and al are headed to haiti. money 911. >> that's right. we are going to answer all of their questions from what debt to pay off first to whether checking your credit actually lowers your score and we are also going to tell you about someone we spoke to last week who took the advice of our team and ran with it. she was having trouble paying her loans and listened to the experts and called her lender and let's just say we hear she's very happy. we will hear directly from her. >> would we have caught up with her if she wasn't so happy? >> speaking of somebody who is not so happy perhaps conan o'brien. "the tonight show" host balked at the idea of sliding his show to 12:05 to accommodate jay leno's move back to 11:35. is he on his way out? will he be leaving? we will have the latest on the late-night shuffle coming up. >> before we get that, you have a check of the headlines. in the news, we were telling you about, massive humanitarian disaster sun folding in haiti. devastated tuesday by that massive 7.0 earthquake.
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thousands are feared dead. nbc's michelle kosinski is in the little haiti neighborhood with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. a level of panic here as well. families cannot reach their loved ones in haiti. they are hearing the staggering reports coming out. thousands of buildings destroyed. thousands of people in the streets. and as many feared dead. the first pictures coming out of port-au-prince are of the grimly expected. devastation and the instantly evident damage is both structural and human. victims lie in the streets with the rubble. some are attended to. for others, it was too late. buildings are down in the capital and beyond. there are fires. this was the presidential palace. heavily damaged now. the president and his wife are reportedly fine. elsewhere, the loss of life is unknown. and thought to be severe.
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in this video posted on the internet, terrified young woman looks down from her hillside home at rising clouds of dust. she is okay. the epicenter ten miles west of port-au-prince. the city of around 2 million people. then there were the aftershocks. more than a dozen, some stronger than magnitude 5. new york based nurse marie caramel michelle in haiti attending a funeral spoke to nbc news by phone. >> it shook like a leaf. there's no other way of describing it. i heard people screaming. fatalities all or the place. >> reporter: there have been reports of a hospital collapse with people trapped. the muchlt headquarters is heavily damaged and hillside towns fallen. among those caught in buildings, two americans. one of them gilian thorpe, a missionary who called her family to say she was trapped.
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her legs crushed. rescuers pulled survivors to safety and citizens cried and prayed on the still trembling streets. it was the worst quake here in 200 years. >> we expect to see a lot of damage. we expect there to be a lot of casualties. the quality of the buildings are going to be a big partf that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and our prayers are with the people who have suffered. their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: some people who were able to get a cell phone signal out of haiti last night despite hearing the screams of people trapped inside buildings, but also the cheers of rescuers able to pull some victims out alive. natalie? >> such a horrific situation, obviously. every rescue we will be hearing about the next couple of days.
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michelle kosinski, thanks so much. in miami. as michelle mentioned, american missionary gilian thorpe was trapped in the rubble of one building. her husband, frank thorpe, helped rescue her. matt spoke with him earlier on "today" about what he is seeing in port-au-prince. >> reporter: it is worse than a war zone. thousands and thousands of haitians on the streets because their buildings and houses collapsed and they can't live in them. we have been woken up throughout the night with -- by women who were screaming because they found others in the rubble. every other building collapsed. it is a horrible scene, matt. >> when you got to the building where lian was the building you described as having collapsed, can you tell me how you got to her, how you found her? >> we were really lucky because there's a staff that works here, haitian staff. they had already started to -- dug a hole through the con kreel ceiling of this house where they
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were caught. and we went in and i pulled her out. it took house -- it took them hours and hours. she was in there for ten hours. and it took them hours to get her out. it was such a relief to get her out. it was an extremely emotional time. >> that was frank thorpe talking about the conditions he saw there in port-au-prince. the ternatiol red cross says up to 3 million people may have been affected by the earthquake in haiti. a former truck rental company employee is in custody charged with opening fire tuesday at a business in kennesaw, georgia. two people were killed andhree others were wounded. another big chain joined walmart in pulling children's jewelry that might contain high levels of cadmium off of shelves. members of congress want hearings on the use of the known carcinogen in jewelry. six minutes past the hour. >> natalie, thank you very much. we want to get a check of the
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weather now. al is, as i mentioned, on his way to natalie. chris cimino is filling in. >> we have what's left of our crowd. the brave, the few hanging out here. about a year ago around this time, what's your name? >> jennifer. >> you are going to do the same thing did you last year. that's what? >> we are going on a cruise for ten days. >> cold in the northeast. good news over the next several days, okay, yeah, you heard me, we expect to see mild air work its way through the country. down south, that's our concern. it is going to be sunny the next couple of days. the search and rescue missions in haiti. it will be quite hot. temperatures in the upper 80s t 90 degrees. probably for all of the rescue workers, dehydration will become an issue with the power outage as well. water will be needed down there. that's for sure. rest of country, stormy in the west coast. mainly up against the coast of heavier rain from northern california towards washington. lighter amounts further south and snow across the
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good morning now 32 degrees in d.c. and prince george's county, temperatures are near 30, montgomery, fairfax and arlington counties are near freezing now. highs today should reach near 40 degrees. it will be the first time in nearly two weeks we have done that. and it will be partly cloudy. tomorrow morning lows mid 20s and highs near 40. chris, thank you. to the latest in the late-night shuffle. on tuesday, conan o'brien said no thanks to nbc's attempt to move "the tonight show" back half an hour to 12:05 to accommodate jay leno's move. o'brien, who had only been at the helm of "the tonight show" for seven months says he was never given a chance to build up ratings. he said he's absurdly lucky to
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have gotten paid for what he loves to do. what's next for the comedian? nbc and late night tv, senior editor for "people" magazine. good morning, kate. let's start off with the letter conan wrote yesterday which he addressed to the people of the earth and had to insert humor there given the situation. he writes that shifting "the tonight show" to 12:05 would seriously damage what i consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. that "the tonight show" at 12:05 simply isn't "the tonight show." i cannot participate in what i nestly believe is its destruction. so this is a franchise. he clearly believes in. he dreamt about being -- albeit made a joke out of it as well. he's showing up for work and hasn't said he's leaving outright. right? >> correct. he's funny in places. it is very emotional. yet, still very calm and reasoned. but he's making himself very clear.
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the franchise of "the tonight show," the legendary franchise that is "the tonight show" does not begin at 12:05. it doesn't begin the next day. it begins after the late local news. >> does he leave any room for negotiations here? or does it sound to you that it is all but a done deal? >> i think he has hope that it is not a done deal. he doesn't say good-bye. he doesn't say that he's leaving. he actually says that hopes that he can work with nbc and that a quick resolution will be found. >> makes for an awkward situation when you are still showing up to do your show until something is resolved. >> absolutely. you know, he's a professional. you know, i think that he would lose a lot of the sympathy he currently has if he suddenly stopped showing up, you know. >> sympathy and money because he would be in breach of his contract. what are his options if he leaves nbc? he said also in that letter that he is not negotiating right now and he doesn't have another position lined up as of yet. >> i don't think he can be negotiating right now. he's still under that contract as you mentioned.
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so his options right now are probably severely limited until legal issues are worked out and contract issues are worked out. it is not as though, you know, he can just start fielding offers from other networks. he has to sort out what's going on with nbc before he can even entertain the thought of going anywhere else there are a lot of rumors that fox is still interested in him, as they were five years ago. so is there a possibility -- >> fox want ad late night property for a long time. it is the one thing that sets them apart from the other networks. they don't have late night programming after their late local news. this is clearly something that they will be deeply interested in. >> right. one of the things he also talked about in the letter was he didn't really have time to build the ratings. seven months wasn't enough time. but to that, i mean, did he also -- he also lost some of leno's audience. was that because of conan? because of the show? or is that because of leno's prime time experiment that sort of backfired and didn't work? >> well, you can look at it as having several different factors. in a way, a trickle-down effect.
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what you are hearing, the reason for leno's move now is because the affiliates are complaining because of leno's ratings. if it is a domino effect and you have leno not doing well, then the late local news not doing well, guess what's not going to do well after that? the show to follow. >> lot of support on the blogosphere, team conan. and then there is a question of what it does to jay. will there be a backlash against him as well? he appearing to be the guy that doesn't want to go perhaps. >> it is clear that there's not a ton of sympathy for jay right now. by the same token, this was the guy who ruled late night for 17 years. if this turns out that jay is back at 11:35 as the host of "the tonight show" there may be some tarnished reputation for a while but he will probably return to where he was. >> all right. kate coyne from "people" magazine, thanks so much. still coming up, the little car with a little price tag that could be a big hit. you are not going to believe how much it costs.
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♪ it is wednesday. it is time for "today's money 911" where our money experts help. david balk is a personal finance expert and carmen wong ulrich is cnbc's personal finance correspondent. good morning to all of. >> did you good morning. >> we should mention before we get to a new question we actually have a followup on a viewer who called in last week. she was having probably with her sallie mae student loan. she graduated from cole negligent 2005 and borrowed $46,000 and paying it back on the income sensitive plan. her debt kept growing. now she owes more than $150,000. this is what o panel told her. >> you are going have to work with you. because at your income level now, there's simply no way. $50,000 a year, that you can pay those loans back if you have a high rate. >> if they want me to pay starting on april $1,200 a month i cannot do that. >> right. you have to will he them know you simply can't and you are going to have to be persistent
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and stay on the phone and let them know you want to pay something. just can't pay this. >> we actually have tina on the phone this morning. good morning, tina. make sure she is there. tina, are you with us? she may mott be with us. she's watching on television. there's news for her. >> there is news. it is actually very good ews. >> yes, i am. >> welcome, tina. sallie mae -- tina had 20 different student loans. totaling $163,000. when you roll them all together. sallie mae was on the phone to us, i should say, as soon as we were on the phone to them. is able to put tina on an income-based repayment plan. rather than the $1,200, tina, you thought you were going to have to pay every single month, you will have to pay them $267 a month.
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now, this was a program that just came out in july of last year. it is a new option for a lot of people. so if people feel like they have been told they can't find lower payments, this is something that they want to look into. tina, 25 years from now, if have you continued to make your payments on a steady, stead basis, you will still have debt but it will go away. the -- the loan to the tune of about $100,000 at that point will be written off and pay taxes on it. but this is a really fabulous solution for you. >> yes, it is great. >> yea. >> i think the moral here is in today's world, none of us are invisible. you watch the "today" show for free and send an e-mail in. we told to you fight for your money. if they were watching -- when you go online, the companies pay attention. the key is -- fight for your money. you know, write the letter.
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make a phone call. >> sallie mae did not do anything here for tina that they would not have done otherwise. this was -- they didn't break any rules. it is other peoplare sitting out there and they want to look at income based repayment they can do that as well. >> stun loans the thing about -- what teen's situation is, we are seeing more and more college students. i wouldn't be sitting here today if it weren't for student loans. you have to be really careful. her loans grew to more than $100,000. you have to make sure that you stick with several loans, don't take out too much. this is not -- you can't get rid of this in bankruptcy student loans. be very, very careful about what kind of loans you take. >> we have a new viewer e-mail. this one comes from new york. will writes what will the changes in the law regarding credit cards mean to consumers? david, what about changes affecting credit card laws? >> to answer his question, it is outrageous rates. so you can call this new credit card act common sense act that
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will go into effectn february. the answer is 24% rates are going to continue. there's a lot of things that are going to become what i say more fair. for example, you are going to be -- they are going to have to give us 45 days notice before they raise those rates. you are actually going to have to read the fine print on all of the mail coming. now, most of the credit card companies have been sending thus mail that have all kind of legalese in it warning us of the rates. the other thing they are doing is they have to, come february, 21 days to pay your bill, from the point you receive your bill. that's good. there's a whole lot of things more transparent. lot of crazy stuff like the universal default law. they changed that and minimized it so they can't just scan all your bills and then raise your rates. the thing you need to know, it is amazing, we are actually seeing on -- a new subprime card out there now. when you look at the special fees in addition to interest, the rate is as high as 79% on a $500 credit card. where they are going to get us now is in all kinds of additional fees.
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you need to read the small print. >> be very careful. you need tools know if they raised your interest rates, you do have the opportunity to opt out. cancel the card and pay it off over five years. >> a question on skype. heather from ft. atkins. what's your question, heather? >> caller: hi. my husband has been serving in iraq the last six months. we are halfway through his deployment. i have been able to save $13,000 so far. this is the first and only time we will be able to save this much money in a short period of time. we oval $12,000 on our car. we are completely upside down in the loan. we need to get rid of the vehicle within the next couple of months and buy a different vehicle. we will be looking into buying a house within the next two to three years. everything that we have saved has been inthe ended for a down payment for a house in the future. it is going to be harder to put much money into savings after my husband comes home from deployment. would it be better in the long run to not touch our savings and put away as much as possible for a down payment on a house?
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or do you use use that money to pay down our car loans and closer to even when we go to buy a different vehicle? >> no, you definitely want to stick to putting away that savings. not just for the down payment but like you said, he's deployed now and making a certain amount of money. when he gets back that will get scaled back. you need to have emergency cash savings first. separate from the down payment on the home. okay. don't go too czy about the car loan. i know you are upside down and makes you nervous. don't forget, unlike a credit card, where you don't -- you cancel what you bought with the card. you can sell the car. you still will owe money, you do have collateral against the loan. the first priority, emergency savings. next priority is to make sure you save for that down payment and just do not buy too much car so you are not under water. really downsize or downscale on the next car so you are not so underwatt other the car loan. >> all right. heather, thanks so much. carmen wong ulrich and david batch, thank you as always for your great advice. if you have financial questions go to and we will try to help you next week.
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still to come, room makeovers that will please your eyes as well as your wallets. we will show you ideas that will make a big statement. first, these messages.
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32 degrees after days of bitter cold weather. we'll have your forecast after the news. in the news this morning, the maryland and virginia general assemblies both kick off their new legislative sessions today. virginia's 60-day session will focus on slashin more than $4 billion from the state budget. maryland lawmakers also face a tough road ahead having to face a $2 billion state budget gap. gilbert arenas has been
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suspended indefinitely by the nba. more players met with investigators yesterday about the alleged dispute between arenas and a teammate.
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. good morning, partly cloudy breezy and cold on this wednesday morning, temperatures are right near freezing now, afternoon highs are near 40 and we'll have the clouds in and out and sunny tomorrow and milder after a cold start. highs reaching the mid 40s. up to 50 friday and saturday. >> still a little sluggish on the outer loop.
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on i-95, everything looks pretty good. >> we'll have more weather and traffic in just 25 minutes, but now back to "today" show after this short break.
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♪ she's not bleeding love anymore. british pop sensation leona lewis is happy. that's the title of her latest single. she will be here for a live performance tomorrow on "today." i can't wait. she's absolutely amazing. huge talent. >> huge voice, too. >> huge voice. and gorgeous. >> she can hit the high notes. >> not to mention. coming up in this half hour, when it comes to cars of the future, you may want to start thinking small. right? >> right. how would you like to pay $2,500 for a brand-new car?
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look at that. it could be coming to a dealer near you in just a few years. it is kind of funny. >> smaller than a smart car. >> we will tell you all about it in a live report. i can tell you that would make parallel parking so much easier in the city. >> you can just pick that up and park it. also ahead, most of us would love to makeover our homes if we could afford it. money is tight, then we have help for you. whether it is your daughter's bedroom or maybe the mud room that's always a mess. some simple changes can make a big difference. also favorite days around here because you know when the crews start lining to dig in, they are here to whip up hearty winter time fare coming up. they will warm up any get-together you may have in store for you. >> speaking of warm things up chris cimino is here with a look at the weather. >> i can do it. mother nature. most of the country is finally seeing a change in the overall pattern. still cold through the eastern third of the country. look at up towards sault ste.
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marie. 32 degrees. up to 40 in minneapolis. that's a veritable heat wave compared to where you have been. 50s and 60s over the south central plains by tomorrow. and little soggy over southern texas. that storm will be in play over the xwufl coast friday. west coast storm starts to move inland with the exception of pacific northwest. more rain across washington and snow showers across the north central rockies. that's a look atat it's the beginning of the end of our cold wave, we have temperatures now just getting above freezing, it's right near the freezing mark around the region, and we'll continues to see it above the freezing mark this afternoon. tomorrow sunny, morning lows in the mid 20s, but a milder afternoon into the mid 40s and even a bit milder on friday and saturday, with highs near 50 both days. looks like chilly rain is possible. >> that's your weather. >> coming up next, decorating
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solutions for any room that won't cost you a fortune. we will show you how to do it right after this.
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this morning on "today's home expert advice" from your messy mud room to your daughter's pink bedroom. if you can't sleep at night thinking about the changes you would like to make, suzanna is here with tricks of the raid and has members of the i-village community that sent photos of their problem rooms. good morning. >> good morning. >> got a great response. let's get right to it. our first viewer needs major help with her master bedroom. she says my decorating seems to be a perpetual state of early-move-in sparse. combine that with our furniture, 99% comes from our parents. including the luggage and toolbox peeking out from under the bed. as well as the two hounds in repose on top of said bed. at least she's keeping somewhat of a sense of humor about p. what should be done with this
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room? >> take back her bedroom to be a bedroom. and not catch-all for the dogs, luggage, inherited furniture. let's make it a wonderful place for the humans to repose for now. we have great -- >> the bed. >> her bed seems secondary. i thought inexpensive easy way is a fabulous headboard. make at this time focal point of the room. i love this from urban outfitters. it is not expensive. like a punctuation mark. investing in a really -- a quilt. i love this. this will go well with her warl wood. she has a country room. doesn't mean you have to have just white sheets. let's have fun. also, how else can you help balance the room? >> well, we talk a lot about lamps unsung heroes in a room. people -- ones she has are ver diminutive. i thought this one from west elm doesn't take up a lot of visual
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space. get two. again, balance out your room. i love this quilt, by the way, from martha stewart, macy's. adding color and dimension to th room. this home goods bureau, get rid of some antiques. put in your own style, your own pieces to kind of unify the space. >> hard to sometimes get rid of furniture that is passed down. >> because it starts to feel like an antique store. >> exactly. >> i got these from urban outfitters. put a bunch on the ground. have your dog sleep in style. >> get them off the bed. >> get them off the bed. >> another viewer sent thus. a common problem this time of year for a lot of people, the mud room. she says that my mud room is a disast disaster. kids sports equipment and winter gear has taken over and seems impossible to keep it organized. i need this area to look more like a foyer when my guests arrive. please help. i have this problem, too. i have coats, gloves, you name it, everywhere. >> even if have you a form allen trance you notice your guests still go in the mud room.
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besides organization, i think that you can make it more fmal and special for those times. and i thought instead of just having a doormat get a rug. i love this one from pier 1. it is cozy, durable. it looks great. put that down. why just have a blah mat when you can make it more special. we love to look at ourselves when we come in. this one from jcpenney. it has a great moroccan feel and will bring style amidst to your coats and mittens and hats. >> storage solutions for all of that, too. >> yes. >> which she has. adding in formal touches. my genius idea, you thought, these sconce. at night, lower the lights a little bit and no one can see the clutter. light the candles and create a mood. exactly. >> okay. next is -- >> another problem dilemma from a viewer that helps for help with a 14-year-old daughter's room. she likes pink walls but i'm
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afraid we haven't invested much in any other decor for her and all the colors seem to clash. any help would be appreciated. we take a look at the very pink room there with green carpet. what do you say? >> let's nix the green carpet. i love the pink walls. make it more sophisticated and let the room endure tall way past college. start with a rug. i love this one from home goods. it is whimsical and girly. sophisticated and will look beautiful next to her pink walls. she has a lot going on her walls, by the way. i thought that i love these prints from because they really will give a sense of sophistication. >> what about this great organization tool? >> cindy crawford's line for jcpenn jcpenney. look how beautifully it stores stuff without being -- it is elegant. >> the quilt. >> get something sophisticated. love the gray. >> whole idea is to let them grow into it.
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>> give them style. they deserve it. lamp from anthropology. whimsicafeminine touches that don't take themselves too seriously. bring it together and it will look great. >> thanks and great advice. thanks to the viewers that wrote in to us with their questions. more great decorating ideas, head to our website, and village the i-village community. if you have $2,500 get revved up because you have enough to buy a brand-new car. we are going to show you what could be rolling into a dealer near you right after this.
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a point-sized car is causing a huge stir because of its price tag. $2,500. the nano is not available in the u.s. yet but it might be soon. cnbc's phil lebeau is in detroit to give us a look. good morning. when might we see the nano in the united states? >> reporter: i think we could see this car here perhaps in three or four years. the reason that it is getting so much attention is the price tag. $2,500. they call it the least expensive mass market car in the world. this one actually -- see the indian license plate. that's because they shipped it over here from india. it arrived yesterday.
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we were the first ones to have a chance to drive this car. when we took it for a little test drive here in the industrial complex, impressed by the pep in the car and impressed by the handling. you are not sitting in the lap of luxury. they did not build this as a mass market car for those that are looking for luxury. the idea is india was to get families who are riding around on mopeds off the mopeds and into a car. it is a small car. it does the job. $2,500 is the price tag in india. odds are that if this is sold in the united states, once they bring it up to safety and emissions standards as well as to be fit ask finished standards american car buyers have come to expect, they might have to boost the price tag a couple of thousand dollars. there's no doubt in this day and age where people are looking for an inexpensive ride, this is a car that gets a lot of attention. it gets 50 miles to the gallon.
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city driving. 70 on the highway. numbers like that get a lot of attention. it is a koolgtsz cute little car. is it something you would pile the whole family on and go on a two-week vacation, no. for zippg arou town, it is very cool. >> yeah. manhattan, i was just mentioning. i get totally parallel park that car. phil lebeau, thanks so much. coming up next, the scottos are in the kitchen with winter recipes.
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this morning in today's kitchen, a family of chefs. they are here with stomach warming recipes. always stirring up the pot, they are. mayor write, john, anthony, and elena.
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fresco by scottos. good morning. >> good morning. >> how are you doing? >> wonderful. >> we are starting out with pasta. tell us how we start with this. >> you know, when we do this recipe, you have two choices. you can do a canned bean. you don't need a lot of time to do the dried. the dried, i'm going show you real fast. you soak it in water overnight. and then the next day you boil it. >> okay. >> for an hour and a half. and you strain it. >> does it taste any different? >> you know, some people say the dry bean is tastier. >> more work. >> for me and you, the canned bean is the best. i also want to say to you that this bean is very important to us. >> okay. >> on my son's birthday, his favorite dish was pasta figoli.
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our bean dip is done with a cannalini bean. >> i have found and i'm adding carroting with the onions. prosciutto. sorry about that. sorry about that. prosciutto. i'm actually going to let it cook for a few minutes. >> all right. >> okay. >> then i will add tomatoes. >> fresh tomatoes? canned tomatoes? >> fresh. let that cook for 20 minutes. after that, let it simmer down. i'm then going to add the beans my mom made. the good part about the beans, excellent source of fiber. good iron. low in calories. >> you know what they subway beans. >> lot of gas here.
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let that cook another 15, 20 minutes. then add the pasta. let it cook for about two minutes. and add the cheese. that's amore. >> you are smoking. you are smoking, as always. >> we a . >> we are let thing get nice and brown in the pan and start with what we need to do after that. >> nice caramelized crust. >>er with drying fruits. i add a little sherry to this and let it sit for two, three hou hours. it can be white wine. add onions. we will let this brown a second. you need a little bit of red wine. >> my favorite part. >> you will get the bottom just a little bit to get it going. >> okay. >> i'm going to add tomatoes. >> again, fresh tomatoes. >> i love honey.
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the acidity of the tomatoes, sweet. >> wow. >>hen we are going to add -- amazing. >> we are going to add all the dried fruits. this is going to -- >> wonderful. >> 350 degrees, 2 1/2 hours, done. >> beautiful. it looks like this. to our gorgeous elaine. >> thank you. sicillian chocolate pudding. what makes this chocolate pudding unique is we use this chocolate. if you can't you can do modica, italian. both have a hint of cinnamon in it. just a handful of it. i melted the chocolate with some milk. here i'm going to dissolve the cornstarch with milk. we heat it up. once that's done we combine the two. if you want to put in a mold you spray a little water. just so it doesn't stick to the
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pan. you chill it in the refrigerator. now, this is the big question. if you like the skin on chocolate pudding -- >> i do. >> put it over the top. if you don't, right on top of the chocolate pudding. this is what it looks like. we have whipped cream. we added some pistachios on top. >> thank you, g
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our time right now is 9:56 32 degrees on this 13th day of january. emergency responders from our area are joining the relief effort to help those devastate bid the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in haiti. emergency responders are hoping to leave the dulles airport as soon as they get the green light. >> they are just getting above freezing and it should reach near 40 degrees by this afternoon, for the first time in nearly two weeks she has done that. cold again tonight under a clear sky, it should be down into the mid 20s. highs getting above the average high should make it into the mid 40s tomorrow afternoon. sunny on friday, morning lows near 30, afternoon highs near 50
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and on saturday, partly cloudy, morning lows near 30, highs near 50. looks like we'll end the weekend on a wet note on sunday with chilly rain with highs in the 40s on martin luther king day on monday >> on university boulevard near pine branch road, the site of water main repairs, you can see them blocking one left lane. in springfield everything is moving well, th rkwell,. >> we're going to go back to the "today" show after this short [ male announcer ] let's talk about putting our best square foot forward. then let's do more than talk about it. let's turn picturing it into planning it, thinking it over into making it happen. let's say out with the old and in with the new. let's create some wall-to-wall "wow." [ man ] ♪ oh! [ male announcer ] more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. right now, get any carpet installed for just 97 bucks --
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rig captions paid for byt innbc-universal televisions -- hi, everybody. it is wednesday, january 13th. hope you a having a great day. >> good morning, everybody. >> like every day. >> miss hoda woman. how are you? >> good. last night i was watching something on tv and they had one of those news break-ins about earthquake in haiti. it was so surprising on so many levels. number one, you just don't associate earthquakes with the caribbean. they were saying it was, i think, almost 200 years ago they recorded or there was documentation of the last one. my god, what is happening there?
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right now they are still trying to tally up the death toll, destruction. and it was -- it is so sad because i think that's the poorest -- among the poorest country in the western hemisphere. they just don't have -- >> that's the palace. >> that collapsed. that's a sound structure. >> building code. >> i don't think so. >> i don't think anybody expected -- you know, rumbling. >> hurricanes but not earthquakes. >> right. >> we actually showed video of an or financeage which is just heartbreaking. the pope, i think -- i think it was pope that was saying of the 10 million people in haiti -- i didn't know this -- 8 million are catholic. he was imploring catholicsto give as much as they can to that
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country. it was during one of the hurricanes, i remember the u.s. sent like one of those big ships off to the -- on the side. >> city of hope. >> a hospital. they need mobile hospitals to help the people. >> i'm sure. >> i think al and ann are on their way down and brian and everybody. >> there was a g that had a firsthand account. it is hard to know what things are like until you have been in the middle of something like this. i think we may have a -- a father with a guy that used to be an intern here. >> down there now. >> let's take a look. >> it is worse than a war zone. thousands and thousands of haitians on the streets because there are buildings and houses collapsed and can't live in them. we have been woke unup throughout the night by women who are screaming because they found loved ones in the rubble. every other building collapsed. it is just -- it is just a horrible scene. >> it is sad.
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it is really sad when it is such a poor country and you know that -- i mean, they are doing everything by hand. you can see in the pictures. they are moving. >> i have friends who -- dear friend that goes to haiti quite often to build schools. and things like that. she takes her vacations. my friend shelley. i will just say her name because there are so many people that do that sort of thing. last summer when there were terrible floods because of -- she said she was watching tv and saw the children on top of the school she had just built on the roof. flood waters coming. left me a message saying she's just devastated for these people. she says now i'm sure the school is gone. and you wonder if the children -- >> you want to help. a lot of people do. go to our website and you can figure out how you can dough tonight to the people of haiti. praying for the folks. >> this is a huge reminder of while we are captivated by the late-night wars. this is a huge reminder of truly what is important in life. truly life and death situation. and i -- i appreciated with
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conan the tone of his letter which was first of all, he kept it lighthearted which is you know -- >> people of earth. >> people of earth. and -- right now, you know, he's at the center of a storm. you know what, it is -- this, too, shall pass. and he said don't feel sorry for me which i love. a lot of people saying i'm sorry. this is terrible, you poor baby. don't feel sorry for me. i got a chance -- i got paid very well for what i love to do. >> he made it clear he does not want to move to midnight. i don't want to go to that slot. >> i think that he understands this is the legacy of "the tonight show." for 60 years it has been on at 11:35. i mean, i -- i get it from every angle. the truth is he did not make the ratings that -- for first time in a long, long time letterman was able to surpass as the lead.
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there's tons at stakes. not just the careers of the guys but the late night news on all these affiliates. everybody has been suffering. >> i like the way he handled it. conan handles it with humor. let's kwlins to what he had to say last night. >> okay. >> my maim is conan o'brien. i may soon be available for children's parties. i have been giving the situation a lot of thought. when i was a little boy, i remember watching "the tonight show" with johnny carson and thinking some day, i'm going to host that show for seven months. >> it takes a lot of guts to get up there -- jimmy kimmel was hysterical. jimmy came on as jay leno. i go the a chance to watch some of that. interview with conan played by chevy chase. which was very, very funny. letterman is having fun with it as well. >> you are sitting pretty, aren't you, up there? watch everybody else duke it out and you are sitting up there and
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getting the numbers. >> lost in the midst of all of it is "nightline" has been winning for how long now? >> you look at the numbers. >> you keep talking about the war between cone sxan letterman. slowly but surely "nightline" keeps winning the time slot. maybe people are interested in news. >> perhaps what's happening in the world food. >> hello. >> according to the calendar, it is almost over anyway. >> stop saying that. >> they say that watching too much tv -- >> what i have been telling you? >> or sitting in front of anything. >> our show for one hour a day, that's recommended by the fda. >> right. okay. but if you sit in front of the tv or a computer for too long -- >> anything. >> anything. >> or even reading a book. >> what can happen? >> you will zbli raises your risk of cancer by 8%. this is according -- >> huge amount. >> australia study. early death. heart disease, 18%. >> oh, my gosh. they are saying we are sitting and we are not doing things. they suggest you watch tv and fold your laundry. you do -- multitask.
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don't just sit -- >> you use your body. keep it -- or it will atrophy. when you think about it -- we have a movie on today. not a movie but a great actor, paul. a book called "creation." fascinating film. i watched it last night because i knew you wouldn't. anyway, what was my point? >> what was your point? >> i don't know. >> you think about in the evolution of things, whether you believe it is within the species or without, there's still debate. there's debate on all of that. we -- for centuries and centuries and millions of years, we had to get up off our cans and go kill something and bring it home and skin it and then cook iand eat it and protect ourselves and then nobody was sitting around gossiping over the fence. which takes at least -- walk to the fence. >> that's actually a very good point. >> we were meant to move. use our bodies. >> when we exercise, we are like i exercised for 30 minutes today. most people sit at a desk for
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eight hours. that's what life is. you get away for lunch but typically you sit at a computer, december. >> lot of people sit there at their desk and eat a bagged lunch they brought in. we are too sedentary. >> what can we do about it? they have the treadmills you can sit -- stand at your desk and walk while you are working. >> that's awesome. >> you see those workout balls? they sit on a chair on the ball because it is supposedo work your core muscles. >> the guys sit on their balls -- and they do their work. i love that. i love that. >> guess who is making a comeback? >> sade. >> it is about time. >> what has she been doing all this time? >> probably working on this new project. >> sensational album. sensational artist. she will be on our plaza. not the soldier of love that donny osmond did all those years ago. >> no. this is her first album in ten years. let's listen. i want to hear what sade sounds like ten years later. ♪
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♪ doing my best >> i love it. >> sounds like sade of old. looking forward to it. other good news, too. if you have junk in your trunk, that's better -- >> why are we referring to that? >> i don't know. i was thinking about the sitting still thing. you have a tire around your middle, that's trouble. if you have, you know, in the back, you are good. supposed to help if your bootdy is big. that's what they say. >> wait. should we bring this up? it is here. >> what are these? >> these are frightening, the two. >> why are they bendable? these aren't bendable. >> you make -- >> oh, lord. >> big old lips on hoda. >> look at that hair. >> she went and got collagen. >> anyway. oh, no. >> what's happening? >> sorry.
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>> we are talking about the late night debacle. in 20 minutes we have over 600 replies. it is hard to calculate. >> what are you asking? >> we were asking do you think conan should go or stay. >> what are they saying? >> kimberly says i feel bad for kennan but "the tonight show" isn't the at the same time without jay. jay never left. which wasn't fair. johnny got out gracefully. >> that's a lot of responses. >> thank you. >> we have something for dog lovers. >> yes, we do. first, actor that gained 40 pounds to appear in a movie with his own wife. >> that's a lot to ask for. >> then also had to play charles darwin. seeg more clearly.
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don't you think that's torture enough? >> at war with god's child. a battle you cannot win. >> wow. actor paul bettany along with his real-life wife.
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>> the man behind the controversial series "evolution" whose work is at odds of the beliefs of his deeply religious wife. >> hi, paul. >> hi. >> her accent was very good. did she work on that for a long time? >> yes. no. she didn'tork on it for a long time. she's irritatingly talented. >> obnoxiously effortless people. effortlessly gorgeous and effortlessly a great actress. we don't like her a bit. you worked with her on "a beautiful mind." were you married? >> no. we metach other on the movie. i was the figment of imagination. she had to ignore me in the scenes which has been like our relationship. >> it worked out well for you. have you several children so far. you never worked in a movie with her where you actually -- >> no, that's right. >> i found this movie very, very interesting on so many levels. we all know him as a scientist but never think about the human
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being that somebody was. and the relationship they had. how true to life is this story? >> you know, it is -- his great-great grandson wrote the book. i think it has as many -- credentials in this way as you can hope for. and it is an unashamedly domestic -- domestic look that charles darwin. >> lot of children. ten? >> ten children. >> three of whom died. >> yes, that's right. that's what the story focuses on. >> it is told basically through your story with her. >> yes. >> beautiful way to tell it. >> sort of heartbreaking, heartbreaking for them. emma darwin, his wife, moved towards religion. >> most people did in her day. >> what i love about it is that it is also a story about tolerance and these two people who loved each other deey and had different ways of deang
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with their grief, coexist and live together with absolutely differing belief. >> it took a toll on them. >> when you -- when you look at you in this -- >> had you to gain 40 pounds. >> 45 pounds. >> and you had to -- bald. how did that pan ou >> it was -- jennifer -- she said it is not a hairdo. it is a hair done. >> you gained all that weight and still looks thin in the movie. i'm sorry. you really look thin. you didn't gain 45 pounds. you look exactly -- mott exactly the same. look at that hair. >> they were really into layering so you can't see. >> how did you put on 40 pounds? >> cheese sandwiches and booze. >> really? >> beer and cheese. >> i tried to pick up a movie i could see you in. >> then had you to lose it. i tried to see a movie. i think i have seen pretty much -- i am an admirer of your
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work. i have never seen you in a movie where you keep your clothes on. what the heck is wrong with you? >> well, it keeps me off the streets. >> keeps you in the gym. >> you play a nasty guy. you were on "monk." satan himself in "the passion." wait a minute. was that you? now you are playing a big angel coming out also friday. >> yes. coming out on january 22nd. both films -- both films on the same day. you must go see them both. if you don't see "the legion" film you won't know how to proceed with apocalypse. >> good luck with both film. >> beautiful performance. >> thank you so much. >> thank you so much. >> select cities starting january 22nd. >> coming up next, keeping warm in the winter. now have no way of
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finding out how they're doing. chuck todd, thank you very much. we're going to pause right now for an nbc news special report. and good morning. welcome to this nbc news scial report. i'm matt lauer in new york. president obama is about to speak to the nation from the diplomatic room at the white house about this catastrophe that has struck the nation of haiti, a devastating 7.0 earthquake. it rocked that nation on tuesday afternoon at about 4:53 in the afternoon, centered about ten miles from the capital city of port-au-prince. thousands of people are feared dead. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd is at
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the white house. chuck, what do we expect the president to say? >> reporter: well, the president's going to outline many of the disaster assistance that's taking place right now. we already have sent a military presence there, a huge coast guard presence, trying to assess things. there are also the state department is trying to get as many americans out of the country so they don't get in the way of aid efforts there. but you're also going to hear the preside probably tell the american people why it's important that the american government has to take the lead here. this is in america's backyard. this is in america's hemisphere. and it's such a poor nation, there really is no other country that can take the lead other than the united states, matt. >> all right, chuck, stand by. we understand the president should walk into the diplomatic room. we're expecting him to be joined by vice president biden. here they come. make no mistake, this is a big test for this administration, a humanitarian crisis. >> good morning, everybody. this morning i want to extend to the people of haiti the deep condolences and unwavering support of the american people
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following yesterday's terrible earthquake. we are just now beginning to learn the extent of the devastation, but the reports and images that we've seen of collapsed hospitals, crumbled homes and men and women carrying their injured neighbors through the streets are truly heart-wrenching, indeed, for a country and a people who are no strangers to hardship and suffering, this tragedy seems especially cruel and incomprehensible. our thoughts and prayers are also with the many haitian americans around our country who do not yet know the fate of their families and loved ones back home. i have directed my administration to respond with a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives. the people of haiti will have the full support of the united states in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble and to deliver the humanitarian relief, the food,
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water and medicine that haitians will need in the coming days. in that effort, our government, especially usaid and the departments of state and defense, are working closely together and with our partners in haiti, the region and around the world. right now, our efforts are focused on several urgent priorities. first, we're working quickly to account for u.s. embassy personnel and their families in port-au-prince as well as the many american citizens who live and work in haiti. americans trying to locate family members in haiti are encouraged to contact the state department at 888-407-4747. i'm going to repeat that. 888-407-4747. second, we've mobilized resources to help rescue efforts. military overflights have assessed the damage, and by early afternoon, our civilian disaster assistance team are beginning to arrive.
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search and rescue teams from florida, virginia and california will arrive throughout today and tomorrow, and more rescue and medical equipment and emergency personnel are being prepared. because in disasters such as this, the first hours and days are absolutely critical to saving lives and avoiding even greater tragedy, i have directed my teams to be as forward-leaning as possible in getting the help on the ground and coordinating with our international partners as well. third, given the many different resources that are needed, we are taking steps to ensure that our government acts in a unified way. my national security team has led an interagency effort overnight, and to ensure that we coordinate our effort going forward, i've designated the administrator of the u.s. agency for international development, dr. raj shah, to be our government's unified disaster coordinator. this rescue and recovery effort will be complex and challenging. as we move resources into haiti,
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we will be working closely wh partners on the ground, including the many ngos from haiti and across haiti, the united nations stabilization mission, which appears to have suffered its own losses, and our partners in the region and around the world. this must truly be an international effort. finally, let me just say that this is a time when we are reminded of the common humanity that we all share. with just a few hundred miles of ocean between us and the long history that binds us together, haitians are our neighbors in the americas and here at home. so, we have to be there for them in their hour of need. despite the fact that we are experiencing tough times here at home, i would encourage those americans who want to support the urgent humanitarian efforts to go to, where you can learn how to contribute. we must be prepared for difficult hours and days ahead as we learn about the scope of
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the tragedy. we will keep the victims and their families in our prayers. we will be resolute in our response, and i pledge to the people of haiti that you will have a friend and partner in the united states of america today and going forward. may god bless the people of haiti and those working on their behalf. thank you very much. >> president obama speaking in the diplomatic room of the white house, flanked by vice president joe biden, talking about what is now a catastrophic situation in the country of haiti with an earthquake striking there yesterday, saying that the people of haiti have the government's full support, that priority number one is to save lives, and he's asked his agencies and everybody in this country that will be responding to this disaster to be in a forward-leaning position, to get on the ground and be able to operate quickly. chuck todd is at the white house and just watched this statement from the president as well. and chuck, he wants this to be a unified and coordinated effort. >> reporter: yes, and by that forward-leaning remark, he made
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it clear, this is a u.s.-led mission down there in haiti at this point, probably almost overstepping whatever haitian authorities are there, because they just don't have the resources to do this. and he also seemed to signal to the american people, this is something that america's going to have to deal with for probably quite some time and that the u.s. has to take the lead in rebuilding haiti because there's really no other nation that can do it, since this is our hemisphere and this is our backyard. >> yeah, some information people can use, also. he said if people want to help, and i assume he meant offer financial assistance, they can go to and find out information there. also, if people have questions, they're trying to account for loved ones in haiti, he urged people to dial the number 1-888-407-4747. again, that's to find out the whereabouts of a loved one who may be unaccounted for in haiti. but chuck, as i said a second ago in going into this, this is a major test for the administration. >> reporter: it really is. you know, look, and he mentioned all the haitians that live in
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america, live in florida. i grew up down there. it's a very close community. >> all right, chuck, thanks very much. more ahead on this story on "today." coming up today at midday. >> the destruction in haiti is large scale after yesterday's earthquake. the death toll is expected to run into the thousands. also coming up on news4 midday, president obama is making an appearance in atlanta, maryland
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we are back on this wednesday with another edition of our food ask quiz show. in honor of martin luther king jr. day, we decided to see how much you know about the upcoming holiday. kathie lee is across the street. she's ready hand to out 100 bucks to those that answer the questions correctly. and to those who don't, they get her cd. here with background information on dr. king's life as well as the holiday to celebrate them, how do you think our folks will do? >> i think they will do great. it is sad to give kathie lee's cd to the people who get it correct. that's kind of mean. >> we give a lot of those cds away. that's what i'm saying. let's go. >> these lovely people are from
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pittsburgh. martin luther king day celebrates his birth, death or delivery of his i have a dream speech? >> good job. good job. >> all right. so did they get it right? >> wonderful. what's funny about martin luther king, he was born michael luther king jr. does haven't the same ring to it. >> is that right? >> it is true. true. >> why did he change to it martin? >> i have no idea. maybe after martin luther. when he was growing up he had to attend segregated public schools and that's a big reason we celebrate his birth. he helped to integrate public schools and so many other things. >> let's go back across the street. >> henry and jim from provincetown, cape cod. what day was martin luther king day observed by all 50 states in 1995, 2000 or 2008? >> 2008. >> 2008. >> do you always listen to him?
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>> usually i don't. >> sorry. >> you wanted it. you got it. >> got the music. the answer is not 2008. the answer is 2000. >> recent. >> it is recent when you consider the fact that the federal holiday was created in 1983. and it only -- it was celebrated by all 50 states in the year 2000. >> that's astonishing. >> by the way, until 2000, it was separated in virginia -- they had it as one holiday. robert e. lee, stonewall jackson, and martin luther king. >> trifecta. >> i thinkhat was wrong. when they stopped that they took the confederate flag down which was great. >> great, guys. you are on break from you don't know of wisconsin. all right. true or false. dr. king did not graduate from high school? but you guys did.
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so you -- >> false. >> he did not graduate from high school the answer -- >> they are going to have to fight over my cd. i love it. here you go, guys. >> the answer is true. he didn't graduate. >> he was smart enough. he tested out of high school at 15. and ended up going straight to morehouse college. >> so the idea he didn't graduate -- >> like he failed. he was too smart for high school. interestingly enough, at morehouse, fifth person in his family to go. his father attended, grandfather attended. later on his would sons attended morehouse. >> back to kath. >> look at this lovely lady visiting from could land. say something to us so we can hear your lovely accent. what song, my country 'tis of
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thee. "america the beautiful." "we shall overcome." those guys are so wrong. do not listen to them. don't listen to them. i'm telling you. i know the answer. 50/50. i feel like it is regis. >> this is hard. "a." >> that's right. that's right. there you go. >> the answer is "my country 'tis of thee." >> a lot of people think "we shall overcome." the beauty is the lyrics were exactly the opposite of how the world was at that point. sweet land of liberty. land where my father died. land of the pilgrims cried. let freedom ring. that's what dr. king was going for. >> i'm worried about the university of wisconsin. you know what i'm saying? anyway. lovely people from new jersey. true or false? dr. king wrote all of his own speeches? >> i say true. >> and you would be right.
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good for you. here you go, darling. >> do you find it astonishing he would -- they are beaut. >> they are beautiful. he did so many. in 1957 alone dr. king gave 208 speeches. >> what? >> 208. >> when he was still a wee thing. >> that's amazing. >> if that's the average, you know, in his lifetime, gave thousands. >> i think we have to run. nancy, thank you so much. >> kath, come back over here. we need you desperately. >> i have money. >> yes, you do. coming up next, keeping your family healthy. very important facts after this.
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today's home to show you how to wipe out the mold and mildew that grows around your house. >> we are not talking about your men. when gone untreated mold and mildew can be hazardous to your health. we will get out the rags. "the accidental housewife." >> you don't think about it. >> you know what, it has been around since the old testament. they write about it.
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streets still here. there are hidden places we -- can help us against allergies if we do a few simple things. >> mold can be horrendous in terms of your allergies. >> if you have more than -- p biohazard suit on and call the pros and get the heck out of there. >> should you toss, wash? what should you do? >> plastic shower curtains, you want to just cut the bottom because that way they won't be so close to the bottom and can drip the water down, excess water. you know, i am the accidental housewife. >> what else? >> to keep it in the shower. i love to use things handy. listerine mouthwash. fill a little spray bottle and then you just spray it. you can clean it with a shower brush. >> anti-fungal in that. >> yes. in my mouth. >> my eye. >> then you use a scrub brush.
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leave that in there. >> should you toss it? there is a point you throw it away. >> if you see a lot of spots on it, toss it. you can put it in your washing machine. mold and mildew. >> all right. >> all right. hey. you know, a lot of people think that -- all right. am i really that bad? all right. okay. >> contacts. >> all right. am i better? >> yes. >> here, when you -- you think that smell is from the detergent, it is not. ain, one of the moisture tour magnets to your washing machine. you can do these -- you know the old-fashioned way of bleach. third of a cup of bleach put in your rinse cycle. idiot-proof. tide washing machine cleaner has this little packet that you just
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put right in. >> i like the way they think. >> it is simple, present measured, you don't have to think. also what you want to do is wipe the inside. the rinse. they get mold and mildew. little bit of vinegar which we have here. again, that's a sanitizer. >> vinegar is good for so many things. >> also, want to use hd -- if you have hd because it has lets suds. already. >> next. >> is my face okay now? >> all right. all right. the towels. obviously they are mold and mildew magnets. especially the winter time. >> in winter time? >> they don't dry. the air is cold. it is warm and yucky in there and you can't open the windows. in the summer months, you can open win companies and let them air-dry. anyway, throw these towels in with your towels with the wash -- plastic shower curtain.
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p act as a scrub brush. >> what? >> i know, i know. trying to save the good stuff. actually,here. you said you would like a new way to drink vodka. okay. you know the little -- for adult tub toys, give them a vodka bath and you just throw them in there. obviously not with kiddies because they might start giggling a little too much. then you would give them a vinegar bath. >> you know what, they don't dry all the time. if you noticed they -- throw them out. toothbrush. mouthwash. all right. vacuum brushes, too. you don't think that they get the -- dust mites. mildew. i can't speak anymore. all right. you want to use a disinfecting wipe. yes. we knew you would try it.
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that's why we brought strauss. >> i wanted to make sure. >> you want to do this regularly to clean the brushes and also -- yes. drip-downs are under your refrigerator. we -- you have to look. under there, use vinegar. by the way, roaches love this. favorite watering hole. and this is great. is is terrific. this is part of our new product line. >> get to this. >> okay. >> newspaper stuff in your sneakers. why? >> because it absorbs moisture. odors. that's why so many of us leave it in the bathroom. really -- >> you stuff newspapers in the shoes? >> yes. it will absorb the odor and the moisture. and the moisture. >> for once you were interesting. this is really good today. >> thanks. >> thank you.
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thanks so much. >> look, she has a show. friday, january 15, 9:00 a.m. eastern. products available on coming up next, the dog of yours, we will do this thing called dog-cersizing.
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for your canines. >> if you promise to get yourself fit, listen, your dog could benefit. you know what, this doesn't work unless you see we are wearing these stupid shoes. >> jamie and jill bauer, fitness trainers. thank dog boot camp. >> it is so nice to neat meet you ladies. >> we have program -- we have made this routine where people
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train their dogs during the whole entire boot camp. that way, all the dogs are under control and the people can exercise. >> sometimes it feels like the dog leads the way. lola takes me for a walk. >> right. yeah. >> personal trainer and dog trainer run the class. no matter what, the people are getting help and the dog are getting help. >> give us the 101. give us one of the exercises. what are your dogs' names? >> bo and quinn. basically what we do is we have ten commands but we are only going to do one through four. command one means heel. they can't pull. two means sit. there is down. four, we are going to do something around the dog. >> show us the exercise. what goes on? >> dog on your left side. we will do it around you. command one. >> hooel. >> good. usually we have another dog. the exercise isn't ever interrupted. command two. good. command four.
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around the dog. usually we put some kind of stationary exercise, crunches. dogs have to stay the whole time. get them under command and distractions. >> they look bored to death to me. >> they are running the whole time. >> okay. >> we are running. >> what's the one run in place? >> command two. no matter what, commands are not ranked you have to keep moving. >> get a good workout. >> you are at a park. you have a whole lot of room. >> these boot camps are murder. central park. >> what time do you do this in the morning? >> 6:00 a.m. >> central park. >> how long is one of your classes? >> an hour. we don't stop at all. >> come on. >> always moving. dogs are in command. >> any dog can do it. >> you think people would be
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reluctant. >> are we still running? people, reluctant to do it because ey feel like their dog wouldn't play right with the other dogs. >> actually, one of our number one rules -- >> how long is a set? >> the dogs aren't allowed to socialize at all. it is about you and the dog. >> connecting. >> you can talk to each other. >> let's go to the mats. >> okay. one segment of our boot camp, we make the dogs go to their place, do command three. down. once the dog is down. >> wow. >> stay. then somebody is going to get on the mat. >> he's not exactly doing it right. >> this gets the dog to be able to lay down while you are doing exercises. you can do them at home, doing the same thing. >> you let go of his leash. he will see fido. fido looks good to him. what do you do? >> he's not going to get up. we have a dog trainer walking around and making sure all the
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dogs stay. we have a way to keep the dogs down which we are not going to tell you our secret. >> treat. >> ten seconds to show us. >> one of the dogs is laying down. i will make everybody do a chest press. there you go. keep your head down. you don't want to strain your head. usually we are counting and doing a minute exercise. we do a whole ten minutes of this. after that, we get up and go do cardio again. >> good job. thank you. thank you so much. we will be back with more of "today" on nbc.
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. check in with miss sara. >> bonnie wants to know if you go out shopping for your clothes or does the show bring them to you? >> you and i do it differently. i have a wonderful guy named eric i couldn't live without. he finds the stuff for me and brings it to me. >> my mom sends it to me.
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wane. >> you decide who looks better. >> stop it! i'm calling my mother. >> love you. just kidding.
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